A tragic killing of news reporter and a photojournalist while conducting live interview, live on air.
Alison Parker, a 24-year-old news reporter and 27-year-old photojournalist Adam Ward were killed by a gunman. The tragic killing of two US journalists occurred 26 August 2015, Wednesday morning, while conducting a live television interview to Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia. They were both of Roanoke, Virginia, CBS affiliate WDBJ.
Aside from the brutal killing of two US journalists, Vicki Gardner was also shot in the back but survived. The gunman was then identified as Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41 year-old also known as Bryce Williams. He was a former reporter at WDBJ station. He able to fired a total of fifteen shots, without Ward, Parker, or Gardner noticing. He then uploaded a video on social media, showing how he killed the victims.
WDBJ’s general manager, Jeff Marks, told reporters, he “gathered a reputation as someone who was difficult to work with. … He was sort of looking out for people to say things that he could take offense to. And eventually, after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. And he did not take that well. We had to call the police to escort him from the building.”
He tweeted to complain that the two journalists, who was white had filed a complaint about him with the station’s human resources department. After the brutal killing of two US journalists, police then undertook a massive manhunt, authorities tracked Flanagan’s cellphone to find him. He was found inside the car with gunshot wounds, Flanagan was critically wounded by self-inflicted gunshot wounds, rushed to a hospital in Falls Church, Virginia later declared dead.
Nadine Maeser, WDBJ crime reporter said “I’ve been on the other side reporting on these type of incidents”. “It’s strange to find yourself on this side.”. She is a good friends of Adam Ward and his fiancée, producer Melissa Ott and supposed to be a bridesmaid in their wedding. A memorial then has been set up outside the offices for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia to give thanks and remember the great contributions of the two journalists. IMAGE/REUTERS