Two Journalists Shot Dead In Virginia During Live TV Broadcast

April 26, 2023 2:15 pm11 commentsViews: 128

Since morning a manhunt is underway in Virginia after an incident that has shocked news channels across the world. A cameraman and reporter for WDBJ7-TV were shot dead on live TV.

Two Journalists Shot Dead In Virginia During Live TV Broadcast

A disgruntled current or former employee of the TV station is believed to have shot them at about 6:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday during a live broadcast in Bedford Country, south-central part of Virginia, 120 miles away from capital Richmond.

WDBJ7 has confirmed death of 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward in the incident. The two were making a feature segment at Bridgewater Plaza to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of resort area named Smith Mountain Lake.

The person who was being interviewed screamed during the shooting and ducked for cover. She was from local chamber of commerce and been talking about tourism and the anniversary. She too got wounded in the shooting and was undergoing a surgery.

Video footage of the shooting has been roughly caught in camera being held by Ward. It shows screams and camera hitting the ground.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said the suspect has been identified as either current or former employee of the station. He also added the state police is trying to capture the shooter with the help of local law enforcement agencies.

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According to the website update of the channel, the two journalists were from the region. They were to marry each other.

Parker graduated from Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University where as Ward attended Salem High School and Virginia Tech.

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