It was announced at a new conference in Hardy, VA that Vester Flanagan II, 41, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was flown to a hospital in Northern Virginia after State Troopers found him on I-66.
1 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015 UPDATE:
Vester Flanagan II is now reported in critical condition after initial reports indicated he killed himself along I-66 in Fauquier County, that is from the Associated Press.
According to Virginia State Police, a suspect vehicle was spotted on I-66 East at 11:30 a.m. and refused to stop when troopers attempted to stop it. The vehicle ran off the road and crashed minutes later. When troopers came up to the vehicle that found the driver had been shot. He was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
State Police officials said the person in the vehicle is believed to be the same person who shot a WDBJ news crew live on the air on Wednesday morning. The release from Virginia State Police stopped short of positively identifying the victim.
11:30 a.m. Aug. 26, 2015 UPDATE:
According to the Associated Press, the suspect who allegedly shot and killed a WDBJ news crews while they were on the air is 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II. He also goes by the name of Bryce Williams and is a former employee of WDBJ.
11 a.m. Aug. 26, 2015 UPDATE:
The Franklin County Virginia Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting that happened at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake at 6:45 a.m. The shooting happened during a live broadcast on WDBJ. Deputies said three people were shot. The reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were killed. The third victim has been hospitalized.
The shooter has not been caught. Deputies have secured the area where the shooting happened and are asking for the public and the media to stay away from the area for their own safety. Anyone with information about the identity of the gunman is asked to contact 911 or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000.
The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by local, state and federal agencies. They are setting up a command center and staging area for the media at Willard Office Plaza is Hardy, VA.
According to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, police are chasing the suspect on the highway and an arrest could happen soon.
BREAKING: Governor: Arrest of suspect in on-air shooting is ‘imminent,’ police on pursuit on highway.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2015
Lawrence Messina with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said officials in West Virginia are monitoring the situation. Right now it is under the jurisdiction of law enforcement in Virginia.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke during a radio talk show on Wednesday morning stating that it appears the gunman may be a disgruntled former employee at WDBJ.
BREAKING: Governor on radio: Shooter in on-air incident believed to be ‘disgruntled’ TV station employee.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2015
A gunman killed a news crew from WDBJ in Roanoke, VA on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were shot and killed during a live interview at around 6:45 a.m.
WDBJ sent this tweet:
According the the General Manager of WDBJ, the gunman came into a building where the interview was going on and fired six or seven shots. It happened at Bridgewater Plaza at Smith Mountain Lake. WDBJ is working with the Franklin County Sheriff to determine what exactly happened and why. There is no shooter in custody at this time.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) announced in a tweet that there is a manhunt for the gunman.
WVNS offers our thoughts, prayers and condolences to our associates at WDBJ for their loss.