NOTE OF CAUTION: The following video is highly graphic and shows a disturbing act of violence that took the lives of two individuals this morning. Viewer discretion…
A Virginia news reporter and cameraman were shot and killed during a live broadcast on Wednesday morning.
Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed at a pedestrian plaza in Moneta, Virginia while filming a news story for WDBJ.
The New York Daily News reports:
In the video, Parker is interviewing Vicky Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, at Bridgewater Plaza about tourism in the area.
As they talk, about seven shots ring out. Parker and Gardner scream and take cover as Ward drops the camera.
A man standing near the two women, dressed in dark clothing and holding what appears to be a gun, is briefly seen in the news clip. He calmly steps away from the scene before the video cuts away.
WDBJ7 General Manager Jeff Marks said, “We do not know the motive. We do not know who the killer is. 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 suspect was being pursued on I-64, according to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
“We believe he is a disgruntled employee of the TV station. Unfortunately he probably knew both of the victims,” McAuliffe said during an interview on WTOP radio…
Mr. Ward was engaged to be married to a producer at WDBJ7, who watched the entire event unfold in the control room. He was planning on getting out of the media business soon.