Wednesday morning got off to a sad start for journalist world-wide and the city of Roanoke, Virginia as a young news reporter and another young photographer were both killed during a live Television Newscast. Allison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were both shot and killed while in the middle of reporting on a new Roanoke attraction designed to help elevate the economy in that city. Parker was interviewing a woman about the economical growth there at approximately 6:45am when shots began to fire.
WARNING: VIDEO DISPLAYS GRAPHIC CONTENT
As you can see in the video all three of these individuals were shot, both the reporter Allison Parker and the photographer, Adam Ward were killed. The interviewed lady from the Chamber of Commerce, Vicki Gardner, was also shot in the back but is currently in surgery.
Via CNN: A manhunt is underway for a gunman who killed a local news reporter and photographer on live television Wednesday morning during a routine interview outside Moneta, Virginia.
Authorities know the identity of the man believed to be the shooter, a law enforcement official told CNN.
“We do not know the motive. We do not know who the killer is,” Marks said. “We do know the Franklin County sheriff … they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists,” he said during the station’s coverage of the shooting.
“Our hearts are broken,” Marks further said. “We have people walking around here in tears, lots of hugs.”
Authorities are reportedly in pursuit of the suspect and suggest that he is a disgruntled former employee of the TV station. As details continue to develop we will let you know. Our condolences are with the families of the victims as well as those affected.