A shocking and horrific act of violence was captured on live TV yesterday after a disgruntled employee opened fire on his former coworkers.
The man suspected of killing two WDBJ7 employees Wednesday morning shot himself on I-66 in Faquier County, according to state police.
The suspected shooter has been identified as Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams. He is still alive and is in critical condition. Previously, state police said Flanigan was dead.
Flanigan is a former WDBJ7 employee.
Earlier Wednesday, state police released this picture of the suspected shooter.
Flanigan killed himself near mile marker 17 on I-66 around 11:25 a.m. Wednesday.
The suspect opened fire on WDBJ7 photographer Adam Ward and WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker around 6:45 a.m. during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza, which is on Smith Mountain Lake.
Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce was also injured in the shooting. She had surgery and is recovering.
Adam was 27-years-old. Alison just turned 24.
Flanigan had posted tweets indicating that racism helped fuel his rage against his former employer.
When keeping it real goes terribly wrong!
If he felt that he was being racially targeted then fight back legally and with evidence. Not like this. This is such a tragic story.