A Virginia TV news reporter and cameraman were shot dead during a live broadcast Wednesday morning.
Police in Moneta, Va., said they are searching for a suspect who opened fire on reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward as the pair were delivering a live report at about 6:45 a.m. ET. The two were employees of CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va.
Parker was 24. Ward had just turned 27, according to WDBJ.
According to WDBJ, the two were reporting from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., a shopping district near Smith Mountain Lake. A WDBJ employee, who declined to give his name when contacted by telephone, said the Parker was delivering a report on the 50th anniversary of the the man-made Smith Mountain Lake. He declined to elaborate, saying he was not authorized to speak about the incident.
It was not immediately clear how much of the incident was carried live on the station. WDBJ general manager Jeffrey Marks could not immediately be reached for comment.
UPDATE: A man sought by authorities in the on-air murders of a Virginia TV reporter and cameraman has died after shooting himself Wednesday morning on Interstate Highway 66, according to media reports.
Initial reports from Virginia State Police said the suspect, Vester Flanagan, 41, had died at the scene but officials quickly issued an update saying that he was in critical condition and had been taken to a hospital. Flanagan was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. ET, according to state police.