Two journalists shot dead on live TV

By Kirstin Buick
26 August 2015

Two US journalists were on Wednesday killed in a shooting attack while filming a live interview near the town of Moneta, Virginia.

The WDBJ7 TV station has been left reeling after two of their own were shot dead during a live TV interview. Two US journalists were on Wednesday killed in a shooting attack while filming a live interview near the town of Moneta, Virginia, their broadcaster WDBJ7 reported.

A video circulating on social media showed a WDBJ television reporter scream as gunshots were fired, CNN reported. The news team can be seen at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake, filming a clip for the morning news, when several can be heard. A woman's screams follow and the camera falls to the floor, as producers cut to the shocked studio news team. “This is a horrific day for our family and the community we serve,” the station’s chief meteorologist, Brent Watts, said in a tweet.
WDBJ7 said police were looking for a suspect who opened fire on cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker. Adam was 27 years old. Alison had just turned 24. Adam's fiancé Melissa Ott was in the control room, CNN reports. She saw the shooting happen live.

The woman Alison was interviewing was Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Mirror reports. She is currently in surgery and the severity of her condition is unknown.

Police are currently searching for the gunman, now believed to be a disgruntled employee.

Please note this footage may be upsetting for sensitive viewers.

DPA

Additional sources: New York Times, The Guardian, The Mirror

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