Yesterday, a cameraman–Adam Ward–and a reporter–Alison Parker–were shot to death during a live broadcast on WDBJ, a Virginia news station. Ward was in the process of recording a live interview being conducted by Parker, when suddenly, several gunshots rang out, and Ward immediately collapsed to the ground.
He would later die from his wounds, but not before his camera was briefly trained on his attacker, long enough to capture a fuzzy image of the shooter, which has undoubtedly contributed to authorities’ attempts at capturing the killer, who, as it turns out, was a former employee of the station.
Vester Lee Flanagan, the shooter had worked for WDBJ but was fired and escorted from the station’s building after spats with coworkers. After the shooting, he took to twitter and uploaded the video of the shooting alongside a rambling explanation while police hunted him. He also send a 23 page suicide note to media houses saying he bought the handgun he used following the Charleston Church killings, adding: ‘my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them’.
Five hours later, police cornered Flanagan a three hours drive northeast in Fauquier County, Virginia where he shot himself in an attempt to commit suicide. Flanagan initially survived the gunshot wound, but died not long after at approximately 1:30pm.
Here’s the video of the recording. WARNING: IT IS DISTURBING FOOTAGE AND SHOULD BE WATCHED AT YOUR OWN RISK!