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Virginia TV Crew shot and killed Live on Air

Horrible story... (August 2015)

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Mouseboy33
A few minutes ago a WDBJ 7 - Roanoke, Virginia news crew was doing a live shot and was killed. Horrible tragic story.
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LIVE COVERAGE FROM WDBJ http://www.wdbj7.com/video/livestreaming?ver=1
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Some news sources are speculating if the gunman is the individual appearing seconds after the camera drops to the ground.
The station is updating this page as information comes in.
http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/law-enforcement-investigating-incident-at-bridgewater-plaza/34923086
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Rival station update:
http://wsls.com/2015/08/26/police-responding-to-incident-at-the-bridgewater-plaza/
Last edited by Mouseboy33 on 26 August 2015 2:29pm - 11 times in total
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HarryB


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Mouseboy33
Confirmed by their employer.
@WDBJ7
It is with extreme sadness that we report WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed in an attack this morning.
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VMPhil
In the future can we can please hold off from posting videos of these incidents until the story is confirmed, and preferably not at all? (The original post included a now removed YouTube video of the incident).
SomeRandomStuff, London Lite and bilky asko gave kudos
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Larry the Loafer
In the future can we can please hold off from posting videos of these incidents until the story is confirmed, and preferably not at all? (The original post included a now removed YouTube video of the incident).


In the OP's defence, it wasn't clear that anybody was injured until the announcement was made that they died, and it took WDBJ7 a while to report that news. I initially thought the cameraman put the camera down and the figure (who turned out to be the gunman) was a member of the crew.
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Mouseboy33
Well it was posted minutes after it occured and as you can see I removed it when it became clear it wasnt just a shooting near the scene. Please dont let this thread dissolve into a petty discussion about posting of videos and what everyone's views of certain types of video should or should not be posted. Please take the time to think about these people and their families. The video has been removed. Move on please.

Apparently the reporter was about to be engaged to an anchor at the station and the Photog's fiance was working in the gallery and was watching when this happened.

They are now reporting this could be disgruntled employee.

BREAKING: Virginia governor to @WTOP: "We believe it was a disgruntled employee who fired at the TV crew; not a case of terrorism."

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Last edited by Mouseboy33 on 26 August 2015 3:55pm - 2 times in total
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London Lite Founding member
The live stream has the general manager and the remaining morning show team sharing their memories of their two colleagues which the professionalism you'd expect, despite understandably clearly being in distress.

http://livestream.com/accounts/4044905/events/2110347
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Mouseboy33
You can listen to the police scanner broadcast of the search for the suspect.
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/5431/web

NBC29 @NBC29
VA State Police Public Information Officer: "The Virginia State Police are NOT engaged in any pursuit with the suspect vehicle." #WDBJ

CNN - Man sought in WDBJ shooting is Vester Flanagan, police say. Ex-station worker says Flanagan also known as ex-WDBJ reporter Bryce Williams.


OMG...The psycho just posted the shooting to his twitter account 1m ago and made negative comments about the reporter. Im not posting the twitter handle.

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Last edited by Mouseboy33 on 26 August 2015 4:19pm - 8 times in total
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Larry the Loafer
I'm watching CBSN's live feed and one of the presenters is interviewing somebody over the phone, but I keep hearing people in the background (presumably in the studio given how clear it sounds) and it sounds a bit hectic, with a woman once or twice shouting "oh my god!"

EDIT: Turns out the gunman had been tweeting and uploading videos of the incident and Twitter swiftly suspended his account.

Scratch that. His POV has ended up on Youtube. I'm not prepared to watch it.
Last edited by Larry the Loafer on 26 August 2015 4:33pm - 2 times in total
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Maaixuew
You spelled Virginia wrong...
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Larry the Loafer
Numerous reports claiming the gunman has shot himself.
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Mouseboy33
Hopefully Youtube pulls it down immediately.

Gunman Dead confirmed by CBS/ABC/NBC NEWS

23 page manifesto sent to ABC NEWS last night.

CBS News
@CBSNews
JUST IN: Man suspected of killing #WDBJ employees kills himself

ABC News @ABC
JUST IN: Chase for alleged suspect Vester Lee Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, is over, VA sta

Breaking News @BreakingNews (NBC)
Police say Vester Lee Flanagan, suspect in fatal TV news crew shooting, has killed himself on Va. interstate - @WDBJ7

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