The suspect in the killing of two Virginia journalists has reportedly shot himself, according to CNN. Authorities have stated that suspect, Vester Flanagan shot himself during a confrontation which took place on Interstate 66.
At about 6:45 AM EST, an armed gunman approached WDBJ TV reporter, Alison Parker and photographer, Adam Ward at the Bridgewater Plaza in the Smith Mountain Lake area. While Parker and Ward were shooting a live interview, Flanagan reportedly opened fire on the two journalists. Another victim, Vicki Gardner, was wounded according to Reuters. Gardner is the regional executive director of the Smith Water Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Parker, Ward, and Gardner were discussing the 50th anniversary of the lake when Flanagan, who reportedly went by the name Bryce Williams at WDBJ, opened fire on the crew. Flanagan then took off and posted a video to Facebook of the murder and then went to tweet that Parker had allegedly made racist comments. Flanagan then allegedly shot himself after a confrontation with police for the killing of the two journalists.
Flanagan also reportedly faxed a 23-page manifesto to ABC News by the name of Bryce Williams. It is unclear if the fax was sent prior to the suspect shooting himself this morning after killing the two journalists.
By Liz Pimentel
CNN – Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live interview
Reuters – Two Virginia TV journalists killed in on-air shooting, police pursue suspect
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