US Authorities: Gunman shoots self and lives after killing two TV journalists
Aug 26, Virginia: The man who shot down two journalists during a live show, has shot himself according to officials. The man who has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan by authorities.
According to the local police department Flanagan, who is professionally known as Bryce Williams, who was a former WDBJ7 staff member, is still alive despite shooting himself.
The attack had taken place at a large shopping centre, Bridgewater Plaza, near Smith Mountain Lake, where Parker was starting a breakfast TV interview about tourism when suddenly eight gunshots resonated throughout the shopping centre, the camera spun and dropped to the ground, and her screams could be heard. The camera which was lying on the ground also captures what appears to be a fleeting image of the gunman, wearing black trousers and a blue top – and holding a handgun.
The station said the woman who was being interviewed, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, had survived the attack but was in hospital and required surgery.”Alison and Adam died this morning at 06:45 shortly after the shots rang out. We do not know the motive or who the suspect or the killer is,” the station’s president and general manager, Jeffrey Marks, announced on air. “I cannot tell you how much they were loved by the WDBJ7 team… our hearts are broken,” he said, before adding that the station’s building was in lockdown, under police protection.
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