A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on a TV news crew conducting a live broadcast from a Virginia state park -- killing a reporter and photographer.
The reporter and park official screamed in terror as at least eight shots were fired in the video, and the photographer fell to the ground, dropping the camera.
The camera, lying on its side, briefly captured a man firing a handgun while holding a second weapon in his other hand.
The live shot was abruptly cut by producers, leaving a stunned anchor woman speechless.
WDBJ confirmed that reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed.
“We always say ‘senseless’ crime,” said Jeff Marks, the station's general manager. “How can this individual have robbed Alison and Adam’s families of their lives and loves?”
Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back while conducting an interview with Parker -- whose boyfriend, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, was watching the broadcast from the control room.
The gunman remains at large, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said authorities believe the shooter was a disgruntled former employee.
"There are too many guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have guns," said McAuliffe, a Democrat. "I’m a gun owner, I own guns, but I went through background checks to get (them)."
We are trying to figure out what just happened -- thank you all for your concern and kind words.— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7)1440586990.0
Law enforcement is on scene at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta. The incident involves a WDBJ7 crew. This is all we know. http://t.co/hmQe15vOUk— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7)1440588689.0
We love you, Alison and Adam. http://t.co/hLSzQi06XE— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7)1440594642.0
Watch video of the live broadcast:
Video of apparent shooting at SML on WDBJ. Praying for all.
Posted by Jamey Singleton on Wednesday, August 26, 2015