The disgruntled former news reporter who shot dead two of his ex-coworkers during a live TV segment this morning has died after committing suicide.
Viewers of WDBJ, a small CBS affiliate in Moneta, Virginia, watched in horror this morning as Vester Lee Flanagan II shot dead 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, on live TV as the two were filming a light-hearted segment at 6:45am.
After carrying out the shocking on-air execution, Ward rented a car at the airport and then started driving east.
Police finally cornered Flanagan just before noon, about three hours northeast, in Fauquier County, Virginia, but he refused to stop and sped away from troopers.
Flanagan then crashed the car off the road and when police surrounded the vehicle, they found him suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He later passed away at a hospital in Northern Virginia.
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Just hours after Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed in Virginia, theiralleged killer has died. Vester Flanagan, who also goes by Bryce Williams and was the police’s suspect in the murders, shot himself and was pronounced dead in the hospital at 1:26 p.m.
Alison Parker, 24, was tragically shot and killed while conducting a live interview for WDBJ7 in Virginia on Aug. 26, and her family has released an emotional first statement about the news. Read their message right here.
The country is in mourning over the tragic deaths of WDBJ7 employees Alison Parker, 24, andAdam Ward, 27, who were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Aug. 26. The alleged primary suspect, Vester Flanagan, had previously worked at the news station using the on-air name Bryce Williams, before he was reportedly fired for undisclosed reasons. This unthinkable crime is heartbreaking and celebrities including Hillary Clinton, 67, Ricky Gervais,54, and Sophia Bush, 33, all took to social media to share their pain, frustration and support.
A shocking first person point of view video has emerged of the gunman who shot two WDBJ reporters in Virginia earlier today.
During his rampage, the gunman, dressed in all black, approached Alison, Adam, and Vicki from behind as they were broadcasting live on WDBJ7. In the graphic video, which you can watch above at your own discretion, Alison is interviewing Vicki, the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, as Adam holds the camera. Suddenly, at least 8 gunshots ring out, and you see both Alison and Vicki try to escape as the camera slowly hits the floor.
One very eerie screen shot from the video revealed a blurry image of the shooter, wearing a black hoodie and pointing his gun directly at Adam and the camera as they both lay on the floor. It’s very chilling to watch and again we only advise you viewing the video at your own discretion.
From the anchors, reporters and other employees who work at WDBJ7, to just those feeling horror, the outpouring of grief and support for Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, has been immense. Many took to Twitter to share their confused and devastated feelings during this time.
To say that Adam and Alison’s death was shocking is an understatement. The reporter and cameraman were filming an early-morning segment live on-air in Roanoke, Virginia, when agunman approached them from behind, opening fire and killing them both. The woman who they were interviewing, Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce head Vicki Gardner, was also shot, but survived and underwent surgery for her wounds.