Former WDBJ7 News Director: gunman was “professional victim”

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Vester Flanagan

The former WDBJ-7 News Director who hired — and fired — the man who fatally shot reporter Alison Parker and videojournalist Adam Ward says Vester Flanagan was a “professional victim” with a history of personal conflicts. Flanagan was better known by his on-air name of Bryce Williams. Dan Dennison says Flanagan  never understood he was the source of those conflicts. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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(Associated Press contributed the Dan Dennison audio to this report)

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Officials say both WDBJ7 journalists were shot in head

In Remembrance: WDJB7ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Virginia medical officials say a TV news reporter and cameraman who were killed during a live broadcast both suffered gunshot wounds to the head. The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke office said Friday that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker’s official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Cameraman Adam Ward’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Homicide is listed as the manner of death for both Parker and Ward. The medical examiner’s office did not specify how many times Parker and Ward were shot during Wednesday’s attack.

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Radio/TV producer who spoke with Vester Flanagan believes his claims against WDBJ7 were unfounded

Andre Whitehead

Andre Whitehead

An independent radio and television producer has spoken of his interactions with Vester Flanagan, the man authorities say shot and killed two WDBJ7 journalists Wednesday before killing himself.  Andre Whitehead remembers Flanagan, as a person who felt discriminated against when he worked there as a reporter, but Whitehead believes those claims were unfounded. WFIR’s Luke Church has the story.

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WDBJ7: gunman had not shown any visible hostility to any employees since termination — until Wednesday

In remembrance: WDBJ7As funeral arrangements are announced for one of Wednesday’s WDBJ7 shooting victims, the station says the gunman had not shown any visible hostility to any employees since his termination. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the latest.

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Girl Scout executive remembers Alison and Adam

WFIR-LOGO-1The stories about local Girl Scout events you may have seen on WDBJ-7 over the past year or so often involved reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward – they are gone now but a local Girl Scout executive says she will never forget them … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Remembering WDBJ’s Parker and Ward

WFIR-LOGO-1Alison Parker was 24 and hailed from Martinsville … Adam Ward was 27 and from here in Salem … WFIR’s Gene Marrano has reaction from several people to their shocking on-air murder yesterday as they were doing a live remote at Smith Mountain Lake:

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Double-Fatal Shooting Suspect Dead

The suspect in this morning’s double-fatal shooting has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the state’s secretary of public safety and homeland security.  The investigation is ongoing by Franklin County and State Police.

State Police Sergeant Rick Garlits describes how Flanagan was spotted and stopped in northern Virginia:

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Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton describes how the shootings occurred:

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Both Garlits and Overton were speaking at an afternoon news conference near Smith Mountain Lake.

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Breaking News: Alleged Gunman Shoots Himself

The man suspected of killing two WDBJ7 employees Wednesday morning shot himself on I-66 in Faquier County, according to state police and is in critical condition.

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Precautions Around Moneta Underway After Shooting

Bedford County Schools are on a permiter lockdown, a precautionary measure suggested by law enforcement.

Roanoke County Schools have released a statement saying their buildings are locked and students will remain indoors today.

Route 122 in Franklin County at Bridgewater Plaza is closed due to police activities.  A detour has been established for smaller vehicles but not for large trucks.  Non-truck traffic can follow the detour signs onto Hardy Road, Turner Branch Road, Goodview Road, Horseshoe Bend Road and Diamond Hill Road.  The detour is expected to remain in place for several hours.  Commercial vehicles are being turned around on Route 122.

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Search for Suspected Gunman Continues

Suspected Gunman: WDBJ7 ShootingHere is a screen shot of the suspected gunman who may have been involved with the deaths of WDBJ7 crew members this morning in Moneta.

Please contact police immediately with any information or if you see anything suspicious.  Call 911 or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000

Stay tuned to WFIR for the latest on this developing story.

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