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.
"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.
Below is the raw video of Bryce Williams approaching Virginia journalist Alison Parker. The video stops just before the gunman pulls the trigger.
This will be the way I remember Alison Parker and Adam Ward. God bless them and their families. Such a tragedy in VA. pic.twitter.com/YyosYvYwYs— Jason Adams (@JasonWCPO) August 26, 2015