Media Reporters Killed on Live TV
MONETA, VIRGINIA— Two media reporters were shot dead Wednesday morning during the course of a live transmission at a shopping complex in Moneta, Virginia, apparently by an unhappy prior co-worker.
WDBJ has verified both Parker and Ward were murdered, according to an NBC News report.
Shortly after, at the time of the police pursuit, Flanagan reportedly published video clips of the shooting to Facebook and Twitter accounts under the name Bryce Williams. Those accounts were quickly removed.
KPIX, the CBS station in San Francisco, mentioned that Flanagan worked there as an intern and a writer from 1993 to 1995. An employee at WTOC in Savannah, Georgia, verified that Flanagan worked there in the late 1990s.
And in 2000, after he was terminated from a station in Tallahassee, Florida, he filed a claim against the station alleging racial discrimination, according to a newspaper report at the time.
Law enforcement identified Flanagan as the male who approached Alison Parker, an on-air media media reporters, at the time of a live isolated interview on WDBJ’s morning show, and shot her to death together with Adam Ward, a cameraman. The lady being interviewed was shot and injured.
Bryce Williams Shoots Media Reporters, on Live TV in Virginia
Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed by Parker at the moment of the shooting, also apparently received significant injuries.
“Vester was an unhappy man,” Jeff Marks, the general manager of WDBJ, said on the station’s noon newscast. “He had a reputation for being difficult to work with.”.
Marks stated that Flanagan was terminated “after many incidents of his anger coming forward” and was taken out from the property by police. His LinkedIn page said that he did work for WDBJ for a year, until February 2013.
And in 2000, Flanagan took legal action against a Florida station that had terminated him, alleging racial discrimination, according to a newspaper report during the time.
Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams on air, published horrific video footage of the shooting to Facebook, while live tweeting during the course of the police pursuit. He made allegations about regarded disdains by one-time co-workers Ward and Parker along with accusations of racial discrimination in an effort to warrant the unmerciful killings.