The Virginia Shooter Uploaded Graphic Footage of the Murder of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
Vester Flanagan, known professionally as Bryce Williams, posted graphic footage to his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts on Wednesday showing what appears to be the moments before he shot and killed WDBJ reporter 24-year-old Alison Parker and her cameraman 27-year-old Adam Ward.
Two videos posted to his social media accounts showed Flanagan silently approaching the team as they interviewed Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce. The footage shows Flanagan pulling a gun and aiming at Parker before lowering it and then raising it again and firing several times. His camera then abruptly cuts out.
After independently confirming the footage, Mic has decided not to rebroadcast it. A screenshot of his now-removed Twitter page shows where Flanagan posted the video tweets, along with a message reading "I filmed the shooting see Facebook."
After being pursued by Virginia police on Interstate 66, WDBJ reported Flanagan had taken his own life. The network then corrected themselves saying he was alive and in critical condition.
Parker and Ward were on assignment near Roanoke, Virginia, when Flanagan fired eight rounds during a live broadcast. The attack happened at 6:45 a.m EST on Wednesday morning.
"Oh my God," Parker screamed on camera as she attempted to run away. Ward, who was holding the camera, managed to record the gunman and captured an image of him before the feed was cut. Gardner, who was shot in the back, survived and is in surgery.
This is an ongoing story and will be updated.
Aug. 26, 2015, 12:48 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect the confirmed spelling of the suspect's name.