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UPDATE: TV crew suspect shoots self, dies at hospital

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The suspected gunman who police say shot and killed a reporter and photographer in Virginia has died at a hospital, according to multiple sources.

Vester Flanagan, who also went by Bryce Williams when he was on-air at WDBJ, died after shooting himself when police caught up with him after Wednesday morning's shootings. He later died at a hospital, according to authorities.

Flanagan was confronted by police on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, where he allegedly shot himself, according to WDBJ. He was taken to a Fairfax, Virginia, hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Flanagan shot and killed former coworkers WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, 24, and WDBJ photographer Adam Ward, 27.

According to Flanagan's Twitter account, which has since been suspended, he claimed he was angry with Parker for racist remarks and with Ward for reporting Flanagan to the company's human resources department.

Flanagan also posted video, later removed by Twitter, of him shooting Parker and Ward.


At 1 p.m., watch live coverage of the deadly shooting involving a reporter and a photographer in Virginia.

NBC News will have a special report at this link.



WDBJ is reporting the suspect accused of killing two of their employees today during a live broadcast has shot himself, but is not dead. WDBJ is reporting the shooter is in critical condition.


WDBJ is reporting the suspect accused of killing two of their employees today during a live broadcast has now killed himself.



The governor of Virginia said police are searching for a suspect who may once have worked with two television journalists he shot and killed during a live shot.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the suspect in a WDBJ shooting was a disgruntled employee.

McAuliffe made the comments during a Wednesday morning radio broadcast.

"We believe it was a disgruntled employee who fired at the TV crew," he said.

He said police didn't believe it was a case of terrorism.



Update: WDBJ says a reporter and photographer have died after being shot during a live broadcast this morning in Virginia.

Brent Watts, a meteorologist at WDBJ Tweeted a picture of the victims, Alison Parker and Adam Ward and said, "this is a horrific day for our WDBJ family and the community we serve."

Parker was interviewing a woman about tourism on Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County. Then, at least eight shots were heard and the camera falls to the ground.

Officers from many agencies are now searching for the shooter.

WDBJ is based in Roanoke, Virginia, and serves the southwest and central part of the state. The shopping mall where the shooting happened is just off Smith Mountain Lake.



The NBC affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, (WSLS) says police are looking for a person they say shot at people this morning.

Police say there are three victims.

WDBJ says the shooting involves their crew.

That station tweeted this morning, "Law enforcement is on scene at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta. The incident involves a WDBJ7 crew. This is all we know."

There are reports shots were fired during a live broadcast on WDBJ.


Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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