Virgina: Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live television interview, their station, WDBJ7 said.
The incident occurred during a live broadcast in Bedford County, when shots could be heard, sending the reporter and her source screaming and ducking for cover. A manhunt was underway in Franklin County, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said told WTOP radio that police know who the shooter is and expect to have him in custody soon.
The station said the shooting took place at about 6:45 a.m., at Smith Mountain Lake, a resort about 35 miles from Roanoke. Killed were WDBJ7’s cameraman Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24.
The live broadcast at the time of the shooting showed Parker interviewing someone at a resort when, just off camera, shots rang out and Parker is heard screaming. The recording appears to include a glimpse of the gunman dressed in black.
“This kind of loss will resonate in these halls for a long, long time as we remember in their short lives what dedicated journalism they produced and what outstanding journalists they were,” WDBJ7 general manager Jeffrey Marks said.
Authorities were “working very diligently to track down the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists,” Marks said. “They were just out doing their job today.”
The shooting was captured by the crew and showed the reporter either recoiling as shots ring out as she is interviewing someone on air. Viewers watched in horror as the network then cut sharply to the bewildered anchor.
he WDBJ7 network wrote on its Facebook page: “Law enforcement is on scene at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta. The incident involves a WDBJ7 crew. We don’t have any additional details.
Police say there were three victims. The extent of their injuries are unknown at this time.