Wow this is so very sad. The creep that did this should not be walking the streets another minute. When a reporter is just doing their job and something like this happens it surely shocks the entire industry. EarHustle411 sends our condolences to the news family and the reporter & cameraman’s family.
Read more as reported by ABC7:
MONETA, Va. — A cameraman and reporter are dead after a gunman opened fire during a live report in Virginia. The shooter is still at-large, authorities say.
Local TV station WDBJ, a CBS affiliate serving the Roanoke-Lynchburg television market, confirmed that the reporter and cameraman were fatally shot on air when a gunman opened fire during a report at a shopping center.
The victims were reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27. The Associated Press described a video capturing the incident: “A female reporter is interviewing someone about tourism on Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County. She was smiling when suddenly at least eight shots were heard. The camera appeared to be dropped on the ground. The reporter can be heard screaming. The station then switches back to a shot of an anchor back at the station, who has a shocked expression on her face.”
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that the shooter was a “disgruntled employee.”
Franklin County Sheriff’s office confirmed to ABC News that an active shooter was reported in Moneta at 6:45 a.m. Marks said they do not know the identity of the shooter, who is not in custody. The ABC affiliate reported that the suspect was being chased by authorities.
Parker grew up in Martinsville, Va., and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University. She previously worked at WCTI NewsChannel 12 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. She was an avid kayaker and attended community theater events in her spare time. Ward, the cameraman, attended Salem High School and Virginia Tech, the station reported.
The station’s general manager, Jeffrey A. Marks, said that both victims were in relationships with other members of the station’s staff. Parker reportedly brought in balloons Wednesday morning for Ward’s fiancee, who was celebrating her last day on the job.
An anchor for the station, Chris Hurst, confirmed on Twitter he was Parker’s boyfriend, posting a tribute to her.
“We have other members of the team with us today holding back tears, frankly,” Marks said.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s office confirmed to ABC News that an active shooter was reported in Moneta at 6:45 a.m. Marks said they do not know the identity of the shooter, who is not in custody. Schools in the area were placed on lockdown in response to the situation.
The shooting occurred when the team was covering a story at Bridgewater Plaza, a recreational facility with shops, restaurants, a mini golf course and boat rentals, ABC News reports. Moneta is about 25 miles southeast of Roanoke.
Source: ABC 7