Third victim in US shooting in stable condition - as it happened

2015-08-26 17:20

The suspect in the shooting of two US journalists has shot himself and is in a critical condition.


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Virginia State Police say that as they were pursuing the suspect in an on-air fatal shooting, he ran off the road and crashed, and was found suffering from a gunshot wound.

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said on Wednesday that the suspect is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

The suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II of Roanoke, who appeared on air at the TV station WDBJ in Virginia as Bryce Williams.

A reporter and cameraman from WDBJ-TV were killed in the incident on Wednesday morning. - AP


26 Aug 18:38

Some good news at last as the third victim in the shooting, Vicki Gardner, is in a "stable" condition, according to reports.

"She has left surgery and is in stable condition right now," a WDBJ7 presenter said in a live broadcast moments ago.

Ms Gardner, the director of the chamber of commerce who appears in the video being interviewed, was shot in the back. - The Telegraph


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US police statement: "Shortly before 11:30, Virginia State Police spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 66.

"With emergency lights activated the Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

"The suspect vehicle refused to stop and sped away from the trooper. Minutes later, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and crashed.

"The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound. He is being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

"The male driver is believed to be the same male subject who shot three people this morning in Franklin County during a television news interview."


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US reports say that police say there is no longer a threat, and reports have been corrected saying the suspect, Vester Flanagan, was dead after an apparent gunshot wound.

Flanagan did shoot himself, but is still alive and is in a critical condition.


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A brief summary of how events unfolded by The Telegraph:

Vester Flanagan, a disgruntled employee of a local TV affiliate allegedly filmed himself shooting and killing reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward while they were conducting an interview live on air.

Flanagan, who goes by the name Bryce Williams, then posted the video online and led police on a chase down the motorway, before reportedly shooting himself.

The interviewee has been taken to hospital, while colleagues and friends have mourned the losses of Parker and Ward. - The Telegraph


26 Aug 18:05

ABC News says it received a fax from someone who claimed to be Bryce Williams, a person on the staff at the Virginia station that saw two employees fatally shot on air.

ABC News says on its website that sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, it received the fax.

It describes it as a lengthy document of 23 pages.

ABC News says it has turned the document over to authorities.

ABC News did not offer any other details.

About 06:35 on Wednesday morning, a reporter and cameraman were killed while doing a live broadcast outside a shopping centre in central Virginia for WDBJ-TV.

The shooting was broadcast live.

Video of the shooting was later posted on the Twitter account and Facebook page of someone under the name Bryce Williams.

The video showed an outstretched arm holding the handgun and firing repeatedly at Parker as she tried to run away. - AP


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Vester L Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, reportedly carried out the attack, posted video online, and then shot himself after leading police on a car chase. - The Telegraph

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The video which has since been removed shows a man walking up to the victims as they conduct an interview. The suspect then pauses, produces a gun, and opens fire. They don't notice him until the moment he fires the gun.

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Tweets from the suspect before his account got suspended.

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An extremely graphic video has emerged of the suspect carrying out the attack, which he apparently filmed himself before posting it on his Twitter account. The account has since been suspended, and the video removed.

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An official has identified the suspect in the fatal on-air shooting of a reporter and cameraman from a TV station in central Virginia.

Becky Coyner with dispatch and records at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office says the suspect is 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, of Roanoke. - AP


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Based on information heard over police scanners, it appears that the suspect is a light skinned black male, about 1.9m. We have elected not to identify him by name until his identity is confirmed by police. - The Telegraph

26 Aug 16:57

The general manager of a Virginia TV station that saw a reporter and cameraman fatally shot during a live broadcast says his employees have been told to stay in the building, with police protection.

Jeffrey Marks, the president and general manager of WDBJ-TV, said hours after the Wednesday morning shooting that police advised employees to stay inside.

He told The Associated Press: "Police have advised us that as long as this person is on the loose, we should stay in the building. We have police protection." - AP


26 Aug 16:56
The Telegraph reports that it appears that the suspect fired approximately 8 shots from a semi-automatic pistol and that the FBI have joined the investigation.

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Virginia Governor McAuliffe says police are chasing the suspect in a fatal on-air shooting, and his arrest is imminent.

McAuliffe says on a radio show on WTOP that the suspect is believed to be a disgruntled employee of WDBJ-TV.

He says police are pursuing the suspect on Interstate 64.

McAuliffe made the remarks during an appearance on the radio station's regular Ask the Governor show on Wednesday morning.

Hours earlier, a reporter and a cameraman were killed on air as they worked at a shopping centre in Moneta, in central Virginia.

McAuliffe says that law enforcement personnel have a photo of the suspect and that he was known to the victims. - AP


26 Aug 16:39

Adam Ward was engaged to producer Melissa Ott and it was her last day working at the station.

She was moving to North Carolina to take up a similar job and the crew had held a party for her shortly before the shooting.

According to friends Ward had been planning to move to North Carolina with her, and had said he wanted to "get out of the news". - The Telegraph


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Local media affiliates are reporting that the suspect, who is believed to be a disgruntled employee, is leading police on a chase along the motorway. He was previously heading north but has apparently changed course. - The Telegraph

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