A WDBJ live report appears to have ended in gunshots after a gunman apparently began firing at the news crew early Wednesday morning.
[There was a video here]
WDBJ reporter Alison Parker was interviewing a woman at Bridgewater Plaza, a shopping center in Roanoke, VA, when the apparent gunman strode into the shot, firing what sounded like at least six shots.
The alleged gunman can be seen, briefly, in the shot before the camera drops.
Schools in the area are reportedly on lockdown and both directions of Virginia 122 have been closed while officers from Bedford, Franklin County, Virginia State Police and the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries search for the alleged shooter.
Update 8:54 a.m.
WDBJ says reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were both killed in the attack.
[There was a video here]
Update 9:10 a.m.
According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Ward was engaged to a morning producer with whom he planned to move to Charlotte. They were planning to celebrate her last day at the station with a party this afternoon.
Watching @brianstelter on CNN - says camera guy engaged to morning producer and today was her last day, there was a party at the station.— Noah Coslov (@NoahCoslov) August 26, 2015
CNN reports she was in the control room and saw the shooting happen live.
Update 9:37 a.m.
CNN reports that contrary to earlier reports, the woman being interviewed—Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce—was also injured in the shooting. She was reportedly shot in the back and is currently in surgery.
The gunman is still at large.
Update 9:45 a.m.
Parker was also engaged to be married—to Chris Hurst, an anchor at the station.
We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
I am comforted by everyone at @WDBJ7. We are a family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee.— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
Update 9:55 a.m.
The ATF has joined the manhunt and Jeffrey A. Marks, president and general manager of WDBJ, says officers believe they know the man’s name and license plate number.
Update 10:10 a.m.
Update 11:15 a.m.
The suspect has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, a former employee of the station, who also went by the name Bryce Williams.
Update 11:30 a.m.
Two videos of the shooting were posted to a Twitter account associated with Williams/Flanagan—an account which has since been suspended. The same footage, this time in one video, was also posted to a since-suspended Facebook account under Williams’ name.
JUST IN: Chase for alleged suspect Vester Lee Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, is over, VA state official says - @JackDate— ABC News (@ABC) August 26, 2015