Two local Virginia journalists were shot and killed during a live TV interview on Wednesday morning. The gunman, who has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, is currently on the run.
WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were interviewing Vicki Gardner, Executive Director at Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Bridgewater Plaza outside Moneta, Virginia around 6:45 a.m. ET when they were attacked.
Parker, who died on the scene, was reporting for her final day of work and was dating Chris Hurst, a fellow anchor at WDBJ7. Hurst revealed the news on Twitter, adding “[Alison] and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb.”
A search is underway for the Flanagan according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The department is actively "involved in the manhunt for the suspect," spokesperson Vannette Seward told BBC.
In response to the shooting, ET has learned the New York Police Department is sending officers to TV stations across the city as a precaution.