Journalist Alison Parker, 24, and Videographer Adam Ward, 27, of local TV station WDBJ7 were allegedly shot and killed by a former co-worker, Vester Flanagan, 41, just outside Roanoke, Va.
Flanagan was a former reporter at WDBJ7 who went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams had a history of filing complaints while working at WDBJ7 and sued the station for discrimination.
According to Jeff Marks, WDBJ7 general manager, Flanagan had a reputation for “being difficult to work with.”
Flanagan was hired by WDBJ7 in 2012 and was fired a year later.
The shooting took place at around 6:45 a.m. local time while Parker and Ward were conducting a live-broadcast.
They were interviewing Vicki Gardner, a Chamber of Commerce employee about tourism in the area when Flanagan allegedly approached from behind and opened fire.
Parker and Ward died at the scene and Gardner was injured and taken to hospital but is expected to survive.
Flanagan was tracked down by police at around 11 a.m. and a car-chase ensued. The pursuit ended when Flanagan’s car went off the road and he was sent to hospital in critical condition and a faint pulse, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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