Two Journalists Fatally Shot On Live TV in Virginia; Gunman Posted Video to Social Media

WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, 24, and camera man Adam Ward, 27, were shot dead while filming a segment live early Wednesday morning at a shopping center in Roanoke, VA. 


According to the AP, the suspect, was said to be a disgruntled ex-employee of the station. WDBJ reported that the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, turned the gun on himself.

According to Brian Stelter of CNN, Ward was engaged to a WDBJ producer and the two were to celebrate their final days working at the station later that afternoon.

Gov. McAuliffe took the time to call for universal background checks. "Everyone who purchases a gun in the Commonwealth of Virginia," the Governor said, "should have to go through background checks," he told a local radio station. 

The alleged shooter released a video of himself doing the shooting and posted a rant on Twitter explaining his motives. Flanagan, who is black, claims Alison Parker made "racist comments."

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