UPDATE: The shooter has reportedly shot himself.

UPDATE: the shooter is live tweeting at https://twitter.com/bryce_williams7 – the page includes new videos of the horrific shooting. Twitter quickly suspended the account.

He says his motivation was the victim, Alison Parker, making “racist comments”.

UPDATE: The shooter has reportedly been identified as a black male named Lester (or Vester) Lee Flanagan, known on air as “Bryce Williams”. The Governor says an arrest is imminent following a high speed chase. The shooter is reportedly a disgruntled ex-employee.

A reporter and a cameraman were shot dead live on air this morning in Franklin County, Virginia. Video footage of the incident shows a chilling glimpse of the gunman.

“WDBJ cameraman Adam Ward was filming reporter Alison Parker interviewing Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce director, for a light-hearted segment at 6:45am when about eight shots rang out,” reports the Daily Mail.

“Screams are then heard as the women duck and the camera falls to the floor. A person dressed in all black is then seen standing nearby with what appears to be a gun raised in one hand pointed at Ward.”

Ward and Parker were later confirmed dead. Gardner was shot in the back and is in surgery.

The gunman, who fired six or seven times, is still on the loose. Police are reportedly chasing the shooter on Interstate 81. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is involved in the manhunt.


A close up image of the gunman quickly circulated on Twitter.

Liberals are already exploiting the tragedy to push gun control.

Parker had been dating WDBJ-TV anchor Chris Hurst, who subsequently posted a series of heartbreaking tweets.

This page will be updated as more news breaks.

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