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WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:22 am

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/law-enforcement-investigating-incident-at-bridgewater-plaza/34923086

MONETA, Va. -
Two WDBJ7 employees were killed Wednesday morning in an attack at Bridgewater Plaza.

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This happened during a live broadcast around 6:45 a.m.
Police are looking for a suspect who apparently opened fire on WDBJ7 photographer Adam Ward and WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker.
Adam was 27-years-old. Alison just turned 24.

This is unfortunate. There are no restraints from people doing acts like this. There are consequences, yes, but nothing prevents them.

Ugh. Stories like this are really interesting. I wonder how it feels to be reporting on two people who once worked for your news team...

There is video footage of this on Youtube. I'm not going to post a link here just out of respect for other people who don't like that kind of stuff.

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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:03 pm

An update: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/law-enforcement-investigating-incident-at-bridgewater-plaza/34923086

MONETA, Va. -
The man suspected of killing two WDBJ7 employees Wednesday morning killed himself on I-66 in Faquier County, according to state police.

The suspected shooter has been identified as Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams.


He is a former WDBJ7 employee.

He chose the path of avoiding consequence because he couldn't bear to live with it. Well, that is certainly one way to go about it...


ANOTHER UPDATE: Well, apparently he ISN'T dead. But is in critical condition. X_X

Update: The shooter is now confirmed dead at the hospital by his self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:03 pm

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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Winters Thief Zero on Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:08 pm

Wow, this is absolutely horrible news. And on a live news broadcast too? Wow. My condolences to her close ones, and I hope the other guy recovers. :/

It is very interesting they didn't notice the shooter though...it's hard to believe that honestly.


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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:11 pm

Well, the male victim is dead and so is the shooter.

I'm guessing you meant the other female. Not the reporter.

She is said to be in stable condition.


It is interesting that they didn't notice... He was right there... I'm sure he tried to blend in...but... Wouldn't you maybe recognize him or at least saw him standing there?

Sure, it wouldn't raise much suspicion just walking by a news crew...but surely something felt off...

Then again, I don't know. I wasn't there.
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Post by Winters Thief Zero on Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:17 pm

^ Oh, thanks for clearing that up. Based on the footage alone, it seems very obvious he was there and yet they didn't notice. It just goes to show you really need to know your surroundings.

On a side note this happened around my area, very close.


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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:36 pm

I had a feeling it happened where you live. Thanks to your stalking monitor here...

Well, at least your safe, Raz.
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Post by queenzelda on Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:50 pm

According to my local news source; The man who shot and killed the WDBJ TV crew live on the air was a former employee of the same station. He has been identified as Vester Flanigan and also went by the name "Bryce Williams", Flanigan shot himself.


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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Winters Thief Zero on Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:28 pm

^ Yeah I heard about that, perhaps that's why they didn't do anything despite supposedly knowing he was there? Wow, horrible. :/


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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Nozomi on Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:46 pm

I saw his snuff video he posted on his FB and Twitter before the police suspended both accounts. It was really f***ing terrible to watch, you could see Parker twitching and trying to run while the cameraman didn't have a chance.

And now people are having racial tensions again. You should see all the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtags. I guess it is kind of a slap in the face to those idiotic "black power" activists but still it's such a dumb debate. A man killed two people, it's terrible. Be angry at the killer, not the gun or the race he's from.
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Post by Winters Thief Zero on Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:54 pm

^ I've honestly seen none of that, but it still makes me incredibly angry when people post things like that. This man killed 2 people. It really doesn't matter what race he is, it's wrong. He could've killed people of other race or ethnicity and it still would've been tragic...and that's what people care about instead of the lives of these people who died? Wow.

I'm just glad that I don't have to worry about him being 'on the loose', as I said this was relatively close to my area.


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Re: WDBJ7 Newsreporter and Photographer Killed on Live Television

Post by Nozomi on Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:22 pm

The only reason people are bringing it up is because Williams claimed in his suicide note to ABC News that he committed the murders due to the station discriminating him for his race, which was why he was let go (in actuality, the station let him go because he was pretty much a d*ckmunch to all the employees who worked with him). So now all the conservatives mad at the #BlackLivesMatter movement are trying to retaliate with their own retarded meme.

I am sad for the victims and their families, I'm not going to get caught up in some asinine "race war" that the Internet likes to conjure up.

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