A disgruntled former employee, we’re told.
The suspect in the deadly shooting of a WDBJ7 reporter and photographer on live television on Wednesday morning is a disgruntled former reporter at the station, according to sources.
Vester Lee Flanagan, who reported under the name Bryce Williams at the station, is currently on the loose. Virginia State Police say there is no pursuit underway, despite multiple media reports.
Investigators released a photo of a suspect in the shooting deaths of a reporter and photographer during a live report on Wednesday morning.The photo is a still frame from the video of the live report and provides a grainy image of the alleged gunman who killed the Roanoke TV reporter and photojournalist during a live television interview on Wednesday morning.
The crew was reporting live for WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, around 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake. They were working on a feature story about the 50th anniversary of the lake when the shooting occurred. On the video you can hear seven shots fired and the photographer, Adam Ward, appeared to fall to the ground while the reporter, Alison Parker, screams.
WDBJ confirmed the victims’ identities during a live update around 8:45 a.m. A third, unidentified victim was also shot. Vicki Gardner from the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce was being interviewed at the time of the shooting, and was shot in the back, reports CNN.
The shooter’s identity has not yet been released and he is still at large. Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 911 or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000.
Meanwhile, the anti-gun nuts have totally embarrassed themselves again today, to no surprise.
Update: This sick piece of shit actually filmed and uploaded the murders.
WARNING: This is video of the actual shooting, taken by shooter. It is VERY DISTURBING. https://t.co/66POLvwwFJ
— Michael Graham (@IAMMGraham) August 26, 2015
Update: Fortunately he’s dead.
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) August 26, 2015