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Reporter and cameraman killed doing live interview in Virginia [developing]

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Vester L. Flanagan II, a former reporter for WDBJ,  fatally shot two members of a central Virginia news crew while the reporter and cameraman were reporting live.

The shooting occurred at 6:45am this morning at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va.

The victims were 24 year old reporter Alison Parker and 27 year old camera operator Adam Ward of WDBJ 7 news. They were reporting on an upcoming anniversary celebration when shots could be heard, followed by screams and the camera falling to the ground. A blurry figure thought to be the gunman is then briefly visible.


A state trooper attempted to stop Flanagan, but the suspect gave chase, lost control and crashed into a highway barrier. When police approached the vehicle, they found Vester with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Flanagan later died.

Flanagan had faxed out a Manifesto of sorts forecasting violent intentions.

“I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!” ABC quoted the manifesto as saying. “You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!”

The contents of the manifesto indicate race as a motive. It

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