Alison ParkerMONETA, VA – Local CBS news station WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward have died after being shot to death during a live broadcast.

Alison Parker, 24, was in the middle of an interview with Smith Mountain Lake Chamber Director Vicki Gardner at around 6:45 a.m. when a man walked up and fired about eight shots at Parker and her cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward.

You can see Parker reacting and screaming during these shots as the camera falls to the ground and captures a man in black pointing a handgun at Ward. The segment quickly cuts back to the news room to a very shocked anchor.

WDBJ’s general manager Jeff Marks would come on the air later to confirm that both Parker and Smith had been shot to death.

“We do not know the motive. We do not know who the killer is,” Marks said. “We do know that Franklin County sheriff… they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists.”

The Franklin County Sheriff Department is saying that three people had been shot in the incident, so I am assuming Vicki Gardner was shot and is currently alive.

There are about 30 to 40 police officers in the area trying to find the suspect. No description of the man has been released yet. I am going to guess that Parker was the main target, and that the shooter will turn out to be either a disgruntled ex, or a stalker.

UPDATE: The gunman has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, a former reporter at WDBJ that went by the name Bryce Williams. He was in the process of suing the station for discrimination.

Flanagan led Virginia State Police on a pursuit for several minutes before he ran off the road and crashed. When troopers approached the vehicle, they found the pussy had shot himself. He has been transported to a local hospital in very critical condition.

Turns out Flanagan film himself killing Parker and Ward, and if you watch his video, you can hear him quietly whisper “bitch” while pointing a gun at Parker. Even more twisted is that he waited until Ward had turned his camera on Parker before firing on her.

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