Journalists, On-Air, Killed During Telecast
Journalists, on-air, reporter Alison Parker was giving her morning on-air story as cameraman Adam Ward filmed her. Both worked for WDBJ-TV located in Moneta, Virginia. Neither of the TV personalities will be on air tomorrow, or any other day, as they were shot and killed during a live interview this morning. Viewers were watching the show when the camera suddenly fell to the ground. A brief glimpse of a man was telecast. The man appeared to point a gun toward the cameraman. The station cut away to a stunned anchor back in the studio. The station later reported that Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, had been killed.
Murderer was a Former Reporter for the Station
After the shootings a manhunt was created to locate journalist Vester Lee Flanagan ll who once appeared on the TV station as Bryce Williams. Flanagan had been fired from the station after working there for one year. Moments before he shot himself, Flanagan sent a fax to ABC News. He wrote, “I’ve been a human power keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM.” The short-lived manhunt ended when Flanagan turned a gun on himself as troopers closed in on him. Flanagan had sent a 23-page fax to ABC. It arrived nearly two hours following the shooting. He wrote about many incidents that have happened, such as the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting last June. He wrote that this has resulted and his “anger has been building steadily.” He also expressed admiration for shooters who killed students at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech.
Both journalists were in relationships with colleagues at the station. General Manager Jeffrey A. Marks told CNN that Ward’s fiance, Chris Hurst was in the control room when the shooting occurred. He tweeted, “We didn’t share this publicly, but we were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb.
It was reported that Ward was engaged to be married to morning show producer Melissa Ott. Ward recently told Ott, “I’m going to get out of news. I think I’m going to do something else.”