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Virginia news shooter kills himself after slaying two television journalists on air

The horrific murder of Alison Parker and Adam Ward was caught on camera. The suspect later shot himself dead.

A former Virginia television news reporter has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after fatally shooting a local news reporter and cameraman live on air Wednesday morning.

Vester L. Flanagan, also known as Bryce WIlliams, died hours after killing WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker, 24, and a cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, during a live television interview in Roanoke, Va.

The grisly murder happened at 6:45 a.m. during a live broadcast in Bedford County. Shots could be heard on the video, which sent the reporter and the person she was interviewing screaming and ducking for cover.

That woman, identified as Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, survived the attack.

A Twitter account apparently operated by Flanagan, who also goes by Bryce Williams, tweeteda video of the heinous shooting along with tweets: "I filmed the shooting see Facebook... Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time!!! They hired her after that?"
That Twitter account has since been suspended.
The video of the murder, captured by Ward's camera, was published on YouTube.
WARNING, VIDEO HIGHLY DISTURBING: Journalists killed in Virginia
The shooter is seen pointing a gun at the end of the video. A screenshot of that person, identified by police as Flanagan, has been circulated by media.
Flanagan is believed to be a disgruntled former employee from the station.
ABC News reported that this morning someone faxed a 23-page document to ABC News saying, "MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS" and his legal name is "Vester Lee Flanagan II." The fax said what trigered the attack was his reation to the racism of the Charleston church shooting.
Why did I do it? I put down a deposti for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15..." the fax read.

"What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims' initials on them."

Parker and Ward were filming a feature segment for the morning news program at Bridgewater Plaza, a shopping and recreation plaza.

Parker and Ward were in relationships with colleagues who worked at the station. Parker was in a relationship with anchorChris Hurst, who tweeted his despair Wednesday morning.
"We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb," Hurst said. "We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday."
Reuters contributed to this report.

Below is the raw video of Bryce Williams approaching Virginia journalist Alison Parker. The video stops just before the gunman pulls the trigger.

 

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