Virginia Reporter And Videographer Shot And Killed During Live Broadcast
A gunman opened fire on a reporter and videographer in Virginia on Wednesday morning (Aug. 26), leaving them both dead, CBS News reports. During a report for CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV, 24-year-old Alison Parker, and 27-year-old Adam Ward were taping a broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, when the shooter interrupted the report with approximately six shots. The incident occurred at 6:45 a.m, according to Franklin County Sheriff Department’s Spokesperson Phillip Young.
WDBJ-TV general manager Jeff Marks confirmed the passing of the two employees. Following the shooting, police were in search of the gunman, placing nearby schools on lockdown. The announcement was made from the school district’s Facebook page. Parker was interviewing Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Vicki Garnder. No update has been given on her condition.
The news station posted a message to their fallen reporter and videographer on Twitter after the announcement of their deaths:
We love you, Alison and Adam. pic.twitter.com/hLSzQi06XE
— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015
A screenshot of the gunman, who is allegedly a “disgruntled former employee” of the station is circulating:
Police now hunting this man, seen firing the gun in the Virginia TV shooting pic.twitter.com/24WwmN6Pfr
— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) August 26, 2015
Details surrounding the shooting are pending. Footage of the incident is below (Warning: it is disturbing).