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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gunman Kills 2 WDBJ Journalists During Live Broadcast In Virginia - VIDEO

Yet another reason for journalists to arm themselves  

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08/28/2015

A gunman opened fire on a WDBJ news crew conducting a live broadcast from a Virginia shopping center on Wednesday, killing a reporter and cameraman. 


Which is better: being "politically correct," or
being dead
Vester Flanagan, a disgruntled employee of a local TV affiliate allegedly filmed himself shooting and killing reporter Alison Parker and camerman Adam Ward while they were conducting an interview live on air. 

Flanagan, who goes by the name Bryce Williams, then posted the video online and led police on a chase down the motorway before reportedly shooting and himself. 

The interviewee has been taken to hospital, while colleagues and friends have mourned the losses of Parker and Ward.


WDBJ confirmed that reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed in the shooting. 

The channel's general manager appeared live on air to deliver the news.

"It's my very, very sad duty to report...that Alison and Adam died this morning," Jeff Marks said. A video from the scene showed the crew being attacked in the middle of a live report at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia.


Poorly trained kids, inexperienced in life had no idea what was coming at them or how to identify the warning signs - journalistic "exceptionalism" that prevails worldwide where young reporters fool themselves into believing a camera and microphone are magic talismans against evil; the corporate broadcasters are responsible for these deaths

A reporter was interviewing a woman at the shopping center when the gunman walked into view, firing what sounded to be at least six shots.

The scene quickly cut back to a stunned anchorwoman who said, "OK, not sure what happened there. We will of course let you know as soon as we find out what those sounds were."


Emily Miller, investigative reporter and
author applies for gun permit in Washington
The incident happened at about 6:45 a.m. local time.

In further emotional comments Jeffrey Marks, the news station's general manager, called Parker and Ward "special people" who did "great work every day."

He said: "How can this individual have robbed these families, the families of Alison and Adam, of their lives and their happiness and their love for whatever reason? They would brighten up a room every morning. 

"Alison was passionate about journalism and she was a great person to work with. She had a bright future."


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said: "We believe it was a disgruntled employee who fired at the TV crew. Not a case of terrorism. It is a criminal case.”

"I Am Numb"

Both Parker and Ward were in relationships with other people at WDBJ.

Parker had just moved in with one of the station's news anchors, Chris Hurst, who expressed his devastation on Twitter.


Journalists learn to shoot pistols in Manila, Philippines 

The third victim in the shooting, Vicki Gardner, is in a "stable" condition, according to reports. 

"She has left surgery and is in stable condition right now," a WDBJ7 presenter said in a live broadcast moments ago. 

Ms Gardner, the director of the chamber of commerce who appears in the video being interviewed, was shot in the back.




Adam Ward was engaged to producer Melissa Ott and it was her last day working at the station. She was moving to North Carolina to take up a similar job and the crew had held a party for her shortly before the shooting. According to friends Ward had been planning to move to North Carolina with her, and had said he wanted to "get out of the news."

"Adam was our go-to guy. He pretty much was available to do anything that we asked,'' WDBJ spokesman Mike Morgan said, as quoted by AP. "He did live shots during our morning show for several years.'

Alison Parker grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, not far from Roanoke where she worked as a morning reporter for WDBJ7. She started as an intern at the news station and covered stories including a train derailment, car crashes, Roanoke's recycling programme, and a tomato festival. She had also spent time working at WCTI NewsChannel 12 in Jacksonville, North Carolina.



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