Two Virginia television journalists fatally shot on-air

Two Virginia television journalists shot dead in on-air attack

Photo by: WDBJ7
Photo by: WDBJ7

Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live television interview, their local TV station, WDBJ7 said.

The incident occurred during a live broadcast in Bedford County, when shots were heard, sending the reporter and her source screaming and ducking for cover.

The WDBJ7 TV said that journalist Alison Parker, 24 years old, attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University and cameraman Adam Ward, 27 years old, graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech., died in the incident. 

After falling the camera to the ground, the audience caught the briefest glimpse of a man who appeared pointing a gun towards dead cameraman.

The gunman is believed to have fired six or seven times, WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks said.

"We do not know the motive. We do not know who the killer is," Marks said adding "We do know the Franklin County sheriff ... they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists," CNN reports.

The station does not believe that the interview subject was injured, Marks said.

"Our hearts are broken," Marks said on air, explaining that Parker's and Ward's colleagues are "holding back tears."

Terry McAuliffe, Virginia governor, told Washington based WTOP-FM that authorities believe the shooter was a "disgruntled employee" and that the shooting was "not a case of terrorism," CBSNEWS reports.

The governor also said that authorities were “in pursuit” of the suspect.

TRTWorld and agencies