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Former co-worker suspected of killing TV reporters live on the air


This news story was published on August 26, 2015.
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A screen grab of a video posted to social media, purportedly by the shooter

A screen grab of a video posted to social media, purportedly by the shooter

FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA – Two TV news journalists were shot and killed Wednesday morning in Virginia by an allegedly disgruntled former co-worker.

The two reporters – Alison Parker and Adam Ward – worked for WDBJ7. WDBJ7 news reported that Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce was hurt in the shooting and was in surgery. A person of interest – Bryce Williams AKA Vester Flanigan – has been captured. It has been reported that Williams posted video of the killing to a social media account and shot himself as police closed in.

It has reported that Williams became disgruntled when he worked at the TV station as racial remarks were made to him.

According to Virginia State Police, shortly before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 66. With emergency lights activated the Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle refused to stop and sped away from the trooper. Minutes later, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and crashed. The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound. He is being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.  The male driver is believed to be the same male subject who shot three people this morning in Franklin County during a television news interview.

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23 Responses to Former co-worker suspected of killing TV reporters live on the air

  1. COMMONSENSE manly iowa Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    lets ban all cars that have killed people, lets ban alcohol that made you drunk when you ran over the pedestrian or better yet, lets just all take responsibility for our own actions pre medited or not

    • Make my Day Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      That’s not commonsense, that’s nonsense. Cop out reasoning. Tell that to the families of innocent people who have been murdered by fear mongering perpetrated by the NRA and other neanderthals.

      • David Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        How about the lives that are lost, families that are shattered by the democrats and their race baiting black lives matter sh#t.

  2. McNamara in a Dress Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Too bad most of the jerks and misers never joined the flower children in sampling the psychedelic sixties. The world would have been much different. But until you feel the power of an LSD inspired ego beatdown, you’ll go thru life feeling like a tough guy. GodSmack is needed from time to time to keep it in check and replenish the soul.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Clearly the solution here is more guns

  4. David Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

    This guy was a black lives matter advocate, plus he was a democrat so how is this the NRA’s fault? He dreamt of a race war so I would be blaming this on sharpton or jackson or even obama.

    • Wayne's World Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Sorry ur getting flagged. Censorship is for cowards and dictators. The NRA’s vision for automatic access to guns by virtue of the 2nd Amendment as they interpret it, is problematic in a complicated world. I also placed this as a warning to those who engage in cliquish behavior. Ostracizing people with elitist snobbery can be dangerous to your health these days.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      What’s your point there David?
      Timothy McVeigh was a registered Republican & NRA member.

      • David Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        So because 1 guy out of dozens of mass murderers is a republican and a NRA member then all of them must be? Check your facts, he is the only one in the last 40 years that was a republican.

        • Ma Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2015 at 3:03 am

          LMAO!

          • Anonymous

            August 28, 2015 at 4:01 am

            Agreed Ma, except in one way it is kind of sad.
            David, formerly known as “maybe”, is a far-right wing conspiracy nut & whackadoo.
            He has posted numerous outrageous “theories” over the years.
            Jade Helm, complete collapse of the US last year, among others.
            Sometimes his tin-foil hat gets a tad bit too tight.

            In his little world, the Democrats & Liberals are the cause of everything that is wrong.

          • Ma

            August 28, 2015 at 7:17 am

            Thanks for the information Anonymous. If this guy David aka Maybe is serious it ain’t so funny after all. I’m not laughing any more, how sad to live in his world.

          • David

            August 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

            Go ahead and make fun of me, all I have to say is famous last words. The time may not be set in stone but the end results will happen.

  5. David Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2015 at 7:29 am

    So somebody can say it’s all the NRA’s fault and it’s ok and I reply by saying typical liberal crap and I get flagged and have to wait for a moderator to approve my post? This just pisses me off.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Media is the worst promoter of these shooting. odd balls sit home and look at the paper with picture of the shooter and his name in big letters and they say to themselves I want my picture and name on the front page of the paper so they become copy kats

  7. Belle Pepper Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Another gun murder. Nothing new. No one cares.

  8. Wayne's World Reply Report comment

    August 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Hey Wayne Lapierre and the NRA are realizing their dream. That’s all that counts right?

    • David Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2015 at 1:19 am

      typical liberal crap

    • Make my Day Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Murder and Mayhem by Firearms = Corporate Profit

      • IowaBoy Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        TRUE THAT!!!

      • ENOUGH Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2015 at 11:53 pm

        What a waste of human life. These were two great young people with their whole lives ahead of them. Stop the madness. We need stronger background checks and a BAN on handguns!

        • David Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2015 at 12:14 am

          yeah thats right, who needs the constitution or the bill of rights anyway, bring on the ole dictatorship.

        • Wayne's World Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

          Ban on Handguns? The Jinni is already out of the bottle. Can you imagine what it’d be like to try and recall all the handguns in the United States? Who do you think would comply with that order? 20% of the people who own guns?