This morning, in Moneta, Virginia, a gunman killed reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during a live news segment they were filming for the morning news, which was unrelated to the shooting, which apparently started as they were already filming the segment. A third person was injured. Although part of the shooting was captured during filming, I won't be sharing video or images of that here, and I ask that they not be shared in comments, either.
Police are investigating the shooting at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake that took place at about 6.45am ET. A news crew from WDBJ7 local news was on the scene to film a segment for the morning news when several shots rang out. Screams followed and the camera recording the feature fell, as producers cut to the shocked studio news team.My condolences to Parker's and Ward's family, friends, colleagues, and community. What a devastating event.
The station later announced that two of their team, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, had been shot dead.
Police are searching for a suspect at the scene.
...Jeff Marks, the station's general manager, recounted what police had told the station. "Someone with a gun, we believe it was a man, barged into where they were and fired several shots, six or seven, it sounded like. We heard screaming, and then we heard nothing, the camera fell.
"The scene was described to us as chaos."
...Police from Franklin and Bedford counties as well as Virginia state police are searching for a suspect at the scene. They have not described the extent of the third victim's injuries.
I will post updates in comments as more information becomes available, and please feel welcome to do the same.