A gunman killed a US reporter, 24-year-old Alison Parker and cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward, during a live television broadcast on Wednesday at a large shopping center in Virginia, said officials.
During the live broadcast, shots could be heard and the reporter along with the interviewee screaming.
In the horrific footage below that has been posted online, eight shots were fired and screams are heard. The camera drops to the floor and the screams continue before the broadcast cuts away.
Police say they are investigating the incident and were still searching for the suspect.
An unconfirmed report says he was being chased north on the Interstate 81 highway, according to BBC News.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stated, “We believe it was a disgruntled employee who fired at the TV crew. Not a case of terrorism. It is a criminal case.”
The Franklin County Sheriff Department told NBC station WSLS 10, that three people had been shot during the incident.
In addition, 27-year-old Ward and Parker, who just turned 24, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine said that a woman by the name of Vicki Gardner had been “seriously injured” in the shooting, according to NBC News.
“There are no words to express how heartbroken I am by the senseless tragedy in Moneta,” said Kaine. “My deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, as well as the entire WDBJ family. I ask everyone to join me in praying for Vicki Gardner… and all of the local authorities and first responders who are working hard to find the perpetrator of this horrific crime.”
A semi-automatic pistol was used in the incident and approximately eight shots were fired, according to Matthew Horace, Former ATF Executive.
The third person who was shot is currently in surgery.
Authorities believe the gunman is an employee of the television station, according to source Brian Todd.
Vester L. Flanigan also known as Bryce Williams, 41-year-old, former employee of WDBJ, is said to be in connection with the killing but is not yet announced as a suspect. Authorities were on the search for Flanagan.
The most recent activity of Williams is posting up the video of the shooting as well as tweeted saying, “Alison made racist comments.” This prompted officials to search for him believing that this killing had a motive.
Williams also stated:
“They hired her after that??”
“Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time!!”
“I filmed the shooting see Facebook.”
The night before the incident, a 23-page document was faxed to ABC News, officials are not revealing exactly what the document said but they are sure it is from Williams.
Anchors choked up on air as they spoke of the tragedy.
Both Parker and Ward were dating other staff members.
Ward was engaged to producer Melissa Ott, while Parker was dating the station’s evening anchor Chris Hurst.
“I am numb,” Hurst wrote on Twitter, calling Parker the “most radiant woman” he had ever met. “We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives.”
FBI joined the manhunt for Virginia killer, according to CNN.
Authorities found Williams and confronted him, Williams then shot himself but is not dead.
The footage below was recorded by the gunman right before he shot the two journalists and interviewee.