A man described as a disgruntled former colleague gunned down a reporter and cameraman on live television Wednesday morning in Virginia, then posted video of the deadly attack to social media before killing himself, authorities said.
The suspect, described by the station that fired him as “an unhappy man,” turned the gun on himself hours later, according to federal officials. He died at a hospital, the sheriff said.
The gruesome events began to unfold as WDBJ7 correspondent Alison Parker conducted an on-air interview at around 6:45 a.m. at a shopping center in Moneta, Virginia.
In chilling footage that has been posted online, several shots rang out and screams are heard. The camera drops to the floor and the screams continue — before the broadcast cuts away to a confused and concerned-looking anchor.
The station confirmed that Parker — who just turned 24 — and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed.