►Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from WDBJ-TV were shot in the head while they were doing a live interview on Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia.
►The Suspect Vester Flanagan reportedly also worked at the same TV news channel as Parker and Ward.
►The shooter Flanagan posted the video to Twitter and Facebook to show the attack from his perspective.
►Flanagan used his on-air name Bryce Williams, supposedly ran away from the scene, made police on a chase and then shot himself to death in the hospital.
The shooter opened fire on Parker and Adam, when they were interviewing the head of Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vicki Gardner. Gardner was talking about the 50th anniversary celebrations for Smith Mountain Lake, Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia early Wednesday morning (26th of Aug, 2015).
Parker and Adam were young journalists of 24 and 27 years old respectively working for WDBJ7 in Roanoke. It is not yet clear how many times they were shot during the attack.
The two journalists died shortly after the attack, Gardner was also shot, but she survived after emergency surgery according CBS news. The shooter claimed that he was mistreated by the staff when he was working there.
Flanagan tried to flee after the attack and police tracked him to the side of a highway, but he shot himself and reportedly died at the hospital.
One of the store manager at the Bridgewater Plaza, Lesley Kocsis, told her employees not to bother to go to work when she saw the shooting on TV. The Bridgewater Plaza remained closed for 2 days and shopkeepers said it was an emotional day for them.
Mr Gardner said,” But the surgeon told me that a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be walking, and a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be alive.” Now Vicki Gardner is in good condition in the hospital.
The father of Alison Parker, Andy Parker during his interview with BBC urged Mr. President to “work the press” on gun control in the US. He further added,” Mr President, you need to do this, you need to tackle this, you can do this, I will help you do this and the press is with you because they just lost one of their own.”
According to officials Flanagan legally bought his weapon. The internal documents from WDBJ has detailed information where colleagues complained about his aggressive behavior that make them feel threatened, he was getting medical help.
On the other hand, such shootings has shown very insanely figures that depict that US has a very high rate of gun violence as compared to other developed countries. America is happened to be having 6 times as firearm homicides compared to Canada, 15 times more than Germany as UN data revealed by the Guardian’s Simon Rogers.
Some believe Americans have to look at these statistics and re-think about the right to bear arms. Should American policy towards guns be revised or not? Do write us what you think? Gun Control is bad policy? We want to know what your views are?