Two members of a television news team were shot and killed while working on a live broadcast today. USA Today reports that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed in the incident in Moneta, Va., near Roanoke.
About eight shots can be heard on the broadcast, with the shooting erupting in the middle of a live interview. A manhunt was under way for the suspect who opened fire during the live feature report around 6:45 a.m.
Station manager Jeffrey Marks appeared on a live broadcast with members of the news team following the shootings to provide details in an emotional telecast. (See video below.)
Marks indicated that no motive was known for the shootings. He also noted that both of the victims were in relationships with other members of the WDBJ staff.
Parker, 24, was conducting a live interview at a water park at the time of the attack, USA Today reports. “Just off camera, shots rang out and Alison is heard screaming,” the report notes. She and Ward, 27, were both from the Roanoke area.
Marks said on the air: “This kind of loss will resonate in these hall for a long, long time as we remember in their short lives what dedicated journalism they produced and what oustanding journalists they were.”
USA Today notes: “Adam graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech. Parker grew up in Martinsville and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University.”
WDBJ, owned by Schurz Communications, is a CBS affiliate serving the Roanoke/Lynchburg market.
Here’s a video of the WDBJ broadcast: