Two members of a television news crew were killed Wednesday during a live broadcast in Franklin County, Va., according to the crew’s station. The local sheriff’s department confirmed that the shooter remains at large.
Video of the broadcast begins like any local news report but turns grisly as the on-camera reporter screams and a gun can be heard firing multiple times. The video ends with the camera on the ground before cutting to a clearly distressed anchor.
The shooting was caught on live TV as Ward was filming reporter Parker (left) with WDBJ conduct an interview with a woman dressed in white for a segment near Bridgewater Plaza
Suddenly, about eight shots ring out and there are screams as the women duck down and the camera falls to the floor. Both Parker and Ward have died, their station quickly confirmed
A gunman is on the loose after apparently attacking a television crew during a live broadcast early Wednesday morning in Moneta, Virginia. Above, a screen grab of the moment the apparent shooter appears on the camera
The victims WDBJ7, the crew’s station, identified the victims as photographer Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24. Parker was a graduate of James Madison University and Ward graduated from Virginia Tech, according to the station.
The incident occurred at Bridgewater Plaza, a shopping center in Moneta, Va. Local law enforcement remains on the scene, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has joined the manhunt for the suspect.