Two Virginia journalists shot dead live on air

Two Virginia journalists shot dead live on air

Two journalists in the US state of Virginia have been shot dead during a live television broadcast, by a former disgruntled employee.

24-year-old Alison Parker and 27-year-old Adam Ward were shot at close range, while conducting a live interview for local TV station WDBJ7.

Ms Parker was interviewing the head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, Vicki Gardner, on a balcony at the lakeside Bridgewater Resort in the town of Moneta near Roanoke when the shooting occurred.

Several shots and screams were heard, before the camera falls to the ground.

The gunman has been identified as 41 year old Vester Flanagan, a former reporter with the station, who fled the scene before shooting himself, and later dying in hospital.

Shortly before turning the gun on himself, Flanagan uploaded chilling video footage of the attack, but it was soon pulled off the internet.

In an earlier post on social media, Flanagan launched a tirade on the two journalists, and accused Ms Parker of racism.

He has also previously sued another station in Florida, alleging he had been discriminated against for being black.

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