At 6:45 am on Wednesday, a gunman killed a reporter and photographer during a live television broadcast at a shopping center in Moneta, Virginia. Video footage of the horrific killings was uploaded to YouTube, in which gunfire and screaming could be heard.
WDBJ7 correspondent Alison Parker is seen conducting an interview along with photographer Adam Ward before a shooter open fires on the group killing Parker and Adams. Ward’s fiancé Melissa Ott was in the WDBJ7 control room at the time of the shooting. She saw the shooting happen live.
Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams posted on his Facebook account a video of the shooting of the Virginia reporter and photographer killed this morning from the shooter’s perspective. He also posted on a now suspended Twitter account directing viewers to go and watch the horrific video.
The shooter in the video stood there watching them for roughly 5-10 seconds before open firing on Parker first.
In addition to the murders of Ward and Parker, a woman, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce had been “seriously injured” in the shooting. Gardner is reportedly undergoing surgery and is said to have been shot in the back.
According to reports authorities say Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams has shot himself, it is not clear if he is dead.