WATCH: Bryce Williams' POV shooting of 2 journalists during live TV broadcast

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TV reporters were murdered in the midst of a live broadcast in Virginia. The victims of an attack perpetrated by a disgruntled former colleague.

The attack occurred around 6:45 a.m. EDT during a live broadcast in Bedford County. WDBJ reporter Alison Parker was interviewing a woman at Bridgewater Plaza, a shopping center in Roanoke, VA, when the apparent gunman strode into the shot, firing what sounded like at least six shots.

The gunman walked slowly toward the trio, stood behind the cameraman, whispered “bitch” and pointed his handgun at the reporter. Concentrating on the interview, she appeared not to notice.

WDBJ7, based in Roanoke, Virginia, said reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, died in the attack.

The gunman also shot their interviewee, Vicki Gardner, the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake regional chamber of commerce. Gardner survived and is in stable condition after surgery.

The suspect, Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, was a former TV reporter at WDBJ7, who broadcast under the on-air name Bryce Williams. He died several hours after shooting himself.

Videos posted to social-media accounts linked to Flanagan apparently show him committing the act.


Flanagan was a reporter at WDBJ for about a year, according to a former employee of the station. He was fired from that job, though the reason was not made public, the ex-employee said.

"Two years ago, we had to separate him from the company. We did understand that he was still living in the area," WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks said.

Flanagan, who is black, and claimed racially toned grievances against his former employer.

According to tweets from the Bryce Williams account, Alison had "made racist comments," while "Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time!!!" However, his claim was not confirmed.

People who were able to watch the actual footage were in a state of shock.

Beware: The footage contains graphic violence and may be highly disturbing.

Use this link to view the clip: goo.gl/Rqs0vL

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