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Journalists Shot On Live TV In Virginia (Updated)

POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT … || By FITSNEWS || It’s easy to hate on the mainstream media. And in many cases they deserve it … But the brutal murder of two local television journalists in Moneta, Virginia this week is beyond senseless.  Shortly before 7:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning – during…

POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT …

|| By FITSNEWS || It’s easy to hate on the mainstream media. And in many cases they deserve it …

But the brutal murder of two local television journalists in Moneta, Virginia this week is beyond senseless.  Shortly before 7:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning – during a live television shot – 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were gunned down by an as-yet-unidentified assailant.

“We heard screaming and then we heard nothing,” the station manager told CBS.

A third person – since identified as Vicki Gardner, a local business leader – was wounded in the attack.

Parker and Ward worked for WDBJ TV 7 (CBS – Roanoke/ Lynchburg, Virginia).  Both were from the area they covered.   According to the station, Parker grew up in Martinsville, Virginia and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University.  Ward attended Salem High School and Virginia Tech.

The two were reporting live from a shopping center in Moneta – which is located in Bedford County, Virginia – when shots rang out.

A video of the incident has been posted online, although we would warn our readers before clicking that it contains graphic, violent images.

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Unreal …

The subject of Parker and Ward’s report?  A seemingly innocuous anniversary celebration for Smith Mountain Lake – a reservoir located southeast of Roanoke.

A manhunt is currently underway for the shooter.  In the meantime our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the victims.

Shortly after the shooting WDBJ TV anchor Chris Hurst announced that he and Parker had “just moved in together” after dating for nine months and “wanted to get married.”

“She was the most radiant woman I ever met,” Hurst wrote.  “And for some reason she loved me back.”

Ward was also reportedly engaged to be married.

Developing …

UPDATE: Police are reportedly searching for 41-year-old William Epperly Vester Lee Flanagan II, described as “light-skinned black male” in connection with the fatal shooting.  Flanagan has been described as a former reporter at the station who worked under the name “Bryce Williams.”  Here’s a picture of him with Parker and Hurst taken from social media.

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UPDATE II: A twitter account said to be affiliated with Flanagan, the suspected gunman, posted additional videos of the shooting early Wednesday.  In addition to the videos, someone posting to the account – which has since been suspended – implied a racial motivation for the shooting.  Specifically, it accused Parker of making “racist comments” and Ward of reporting the alleged shooter to the station’s human resources department.

UPDATE III: “Never let a crisis go to waste …

UPDATE IV: Flanagan in “very critical condition” after shooting himself, according to The Roanoke (Va.) Times.

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48 comments

Fecal Matters August 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

#journalistslivesmatter

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shifty henry August 26, 2015 at 10:06 am

Folks, this kind of insane shit is occurring all over the US……

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Tazmaniac August 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

And a certain topic is sure to come up in 5…4…3…2…1…

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Nölff August 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

The 2nd amendment.

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Tazmaniac August 26, 2015 at 11:21 am

You betcha. They say the guy is “disgruntled employee”.

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Certain Topic August 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

God damned global warming!

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Jackie Chiles August 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Tbf, it’s exceedingly rare for a television reporter to be murdered live on air and then the killer to post a first-person video of himself murdering the reporter from his perspective.

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Homeboy had skills August 26, 2015 at 11:45 pm

You got to admit he had some pretty good ninja skills. Not only did he stand there pointing a gun at them for a good 20-30 seconds before being noticed, but to knock off shots while keeping his cell phone steady for a bit was very skillful.

It’d only have been more impressive if he had used a selfie stick and was firing over his shoulder while smiling for the camera.

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Jackie Chiles August 27, 2015 at 9:22 am

Their ignoring him was just further evidence that they were racist. They were incapable of paying attention to a person of color.

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Homeboy had skills August 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

“Their ignoring him was just further evidence that they were racist. ”

HaHa! Well done.

Guest August 26, 2015 at 10:08 am

what happened to the person being interviewed?

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mamatiger92 August 26, 2015 at 10:17 am

I read that she is in surgery, but expected to be okay.

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mamatiger92 August 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

“The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back and is in surgery, said Barb Nocera, the chamber’s special projects manager said.”

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Guest August 26, 2015 at 11:01 am

its just telling that theres no mention of her in Fit’s article. Journalists are thick as thieves it seems

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Stretch Armstrong August 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

Stretch Armstrong reporting that “Guest” has overreached.

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mamatiger92 August 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

I would guess that the info wasn’t available when the article was posted.

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Scoop Brady August 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

Killer being pursued by police on I-81

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Nölff August 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

It’s rumored on a few sites that the gunman is a disgruntled employee from the same station.

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Town Crier August 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

VA Gov says shooter is former disgruntled employee.

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Speak D Truth August 26, 2015 at 10:32 am

It is a sick, sick world that we live in.

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Superfly August 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

Did Grand Tango/Big T recently move to VA? You know that turd and the media…

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You are the epitome August 26, 2015 at 10:39 am

You are very representative of the level of person in the Democrat Party.

Only one of you would go there. Very sad.

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Superfly August 26, 2015 at 10:45 am

I’m a Republican and Grand Turd is a psycho nut-bag, likely on several watch lists for domestic terrorism.

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We know you're a liar August 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

I’d lie about who I was, too, if I were you.

Of course lying about who, and what, you are is a Democrat tradition.

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mamatiger92 August 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

says the guy posting under about 50 usernames

smh

Superfly August 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Grand Turd – we all know the only reason why you’ve not bombed a federal building or mass murdered your scapegoats, is that you can’t afford the fertilizer and/or, or both ammo. How’s the payday loan scam going today? How much blood have you sucked today?

Trailer Home Run August 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm

He could use his dead, decomposing shit blog as fertilizer.

We Feel Your Pain August 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Republicans are good people. GrandTango is not good people.

Gamecock fans are good people. GrandTango is not good people.

The mentally handicapped are good people. GrandTango is not good people.

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James August 26, 2015 at 11:37 am

Grand Tango should be the first suspect in any murder involving someone described as “disgruntled”.

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Nölff August 26, 2015 at 11:04 am

I’d really like to know the motive.
Faith in humanity is lost…

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Philip Branton August 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Hmm……well, reading between several different reports, it appears that there are additional “couples” that work at the station that may lead to a “limited” ceiling for advancement due to a veil of nepotism. Throw in some locker room chat that is taken seriously and things can get out of perspective. For someone to work in media and realize how information manipulation works in various ways, these actions are still very wrong. As for recording this act, the fact that the shooter WORKS in media and realizes how spin is manipulated by editors or station managers, this action is rather sadly understandable.
Faith in humanity is not lost……….imagine how this will be used in Journalism classes to EDUCATE media workers in the future.

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guest August 26, 2015 at 1:05 pm

He has a history of anger issues and lawsuits against employers. His previous lawsuits were thrown out of court. The guy is/was a nut.

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Rocky Verdad August 26, 2015 at 11:43 am

gonna be hard for trump to top this. but seriously, this is just sick.

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Bob White August 26, 2015 at 11:49 am Reply
The Colonel August 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Shooter killed himself – was an on air personality at some point

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mamatiger92 August 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Wow. He sent a “manifesto” to ABC News right after the shootings. Says that the Columbine & Va Tech shooters were big influences. What a sick individual.

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CorruptionInColumbia August 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Wow! I guess everyone needs an “idol”.

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Robin August 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Adam Ward.

Batman?

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Go look in the mirror, liberal August 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm

He claimed RACISM!!!!!!…who encouraged that?

How much culpability do you liberals have in this, along with Obama, and his race hate crusade?

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Rocky Verdad August 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Tango would say they had it coming – drive by media.

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Speak D Truth August 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm

According to media reports it was a racially motivated hate crime.

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CorruptionInColumbia August 26, 2015 at 3:35 pm

“workplace violence”

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Speak D Truth August 26, 2015 at 3:53 pm

That will be the way that the liberals try to categorize it but this guy stated that he applied for the gun 2 days after Charleston (proof that waiting periods don’t work), he stated that he was upset about the Charleston shootings, and engraved the initials of the victims in Charleston on his bullets. Only a racist would call this anything other than a hate crime.

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You Know I Have To Ask August 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Source?

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Speak D Truth August 26, 2015 at 4:11 pm

The Muslim bastard that murdered his fellow soldiers in Texas is the basis for the workplace violence. The rest of the information has been widely reported in the media. He posted that information on social media.

Rocky Verdad August 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm

I don’t understand. Wasn’t there a good guy with a gun there? La Perierre said they’re everywhere.

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U on your on August 26, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Everybody it is time to lock and load! We are really living in a mad max world.

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