UPDATE (3:42 PM EST 08/26/15): Alleged shooter is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UPDATE (11:41 AM EST 08/26/15): “Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe says police have identified the man who shot and killed a television news crew this morning on live tv in the southwestern part of the state. McAuliffe tells WTOP that the suspect is believed to be a disgruntled former employee of the television station WDBJ. Alison Parker and camerman Adam Ward were both shot and killed in the incident. Both worked for WDBJ-TV. The crew was in the middle of a live report when shots rang out. A local Chamber of Commerce employee was also shot, and is in the hospital.”
A better photo of the suspect has been released:
Horrific video has emerged on YouTube of the news that has shocked everyone this morning — Alison Parker, a reporter for WBDJ7 and her cameraman Adam Ward were murdered during a live broadcast in Moneta, VA. Occurring during a live broadcast, the footage of the shooting, while not graphic is certainly horrendous and left the on-air anchor team confused to what had just happened. Parker, who had just turned 24, and her cameraman, Ward, 27, were doing a live on-air remote broadcast from Bridgewater Plaza when a gunman apparently walked up and without warning fired several shots, allegedly killing both of the news people. There hasn’t been word yet on the condition of the person they were interviewing and whether she is okay.
Details are still emerging in the attack which transpired Wednesday morning at 6:46 am EST.No motive has yet been found for the attacks. Another reporter was recently fired upon during an on-air broadcast, which likely isn’t tied to this one, but is certainly an alarming coincidence.
Police have already released an image of the suspect, taken from the video that shows the alleged shooter still holding his gun. Of course if you have anything that can help identify this person, be sure to contact authorities.
Our hearts go out to the families of the individuals who were killed here. One of my favorite things is to see reporters harassed during live broadcasts, but this is monstrous. Hopefully, justice is quick on this one.