Two journalists have been murdered live on television.
Here’s the report:
Two journalists for a local television station in the US state of Virginia have been shot dead during a live broadcast, by a disgruntled former employee who later shot himself and died in hospital.
WDBJ7 journalist Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot at close range while conducting an on-air interview.
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said the gunman was a disgruntled former employee of the television station.
He was identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, according to a dispatcher for the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department. Stills pulled from Ward’s camera helped identify him.
Parker was talking to Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, on a balcony at the lakeside Bridgewater Resort in the town of Moneta near Roanoke when the attack occurred.
The pair were talking about tourism development for WDBJ’s early-morning newscast when the gunman seemingly closed in from behind the cameraman.
Several shots were heard, as well as screams, as Ward’s camera fell to the floor, capturing a fuzzy and chilling glimpse of the gunman, dressed in dark clothing.
The station then cut away to a startled anchorwoman back in the studio.
Gardner was “seriously injured,” said one of the US senators from Virginia, Tim Kaine.
Later, a video posted under the Twitter account @bryce_williams7, showed the shooter brandishing a weapon at Parker, who was interviewing Ms Gardner and unaware of his presence.
Ward has his back to the apparent shooter and also apparently did not see him.
The shooter seems to briefly lower the camera.
Multiple shots are then heard, and screams. Parker runs away.
The shooter’s hand is clearly visible. He appears to be wearing a blue checkered shirt.
None of the victims are seen wounded. There is no blood in the footage.
Flanagan shot himself as Virginia State Police were closing in on a rental car on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, WDBJ7 said.
Virginia state police said the suspect refused to stop when spotted by troopers and sped away.
“Minutes later, the suspect’s vehicle ran off the road and crashed. The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound,” police said in a statement.
He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died, police said.
The rest of the report goes onto become an Obama-Clinton diatribe against gun ownership.
Leftists never let murder victims stand in the way of political opportunity, unless they are the kind of murder victims (#blacklivesmatter) that are in themselves a political opportunity.
Dave Jolly offers a good assessment of this massive hypocrisy and double standards applied by the media to promote and stir up racial conflict on the one hand, and exploit murder victims for political gain on the other:
The residents of central and southwest Virginia were shocked yesterday morning when one of their star news reporters and cameraman were gunned down during a live broadcast.
Alison Parker, 24, was doing a live interview with Vicki Gardner, the Director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Bridgewater Plaza. Adam Ward, 27, was manning the camera when former WDBJ7 employee Bryce Williams approached them. Filming his own attack, Williams aimed and shot Parker several times before turning his gun on Ward and Gardner. Parker and Ward died from their wounds and Gardner is reported to be recovering after surgery in a local hospital.
Before heading out to do this live broadcast, the people at WDBJ7 held a going away party for Adam Ward’s fiancé who was leaving the station for a new job elsewhere. Ward said he would soon be leaving as well to follow her and get married. Parker had brought in balloons for the celebration.
I won’t post the video here, but it is available online for anyone who wishes to see it.
After the shooting, Williams left the scene but was soon pursued by law enforcement on I-66. Before police could stop him and take him into custody, Williams shot himself. At first he was reported as being dead from his self-inflicted wound, but later reports claim that he was in the hospital in critical condition.
Between the time Williams murdered Parker and Ward, he posted the video he took of his shooting on Facebook. Then he tweeted the following comments:
“I filmed the shooting see Facebook”
“Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time!!!”
“They hired her after that???”
“EEOC report failed”
“Alison made racist comments”
From his own posts, it’s obvious that he held a grudge against cameraman Adam Ward and hated Alison Parker because she supposedly said something he took at being racist about him.
That makes this horrible crime a hate crime based on race. Alison Parker was a blonde white woman and Bryce Williams in a black male. I’m sure had roles been reversed, Al Sharpton and many other black activists would be flocking to Virginia to protest a racial hate crime, but in this case, I’ve heard no one, let me repeat that, NO ONE has yet to say anything about this being a racially motivated hate crime. No one is holding up signs saying ‘White Lives Matter.’
Instead, liberals like Hillary Clinton are using the hate crime to boost their attack on our constitutional right to own guns. It didn’t take Hillary long before she tweeted:
“Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims’ families in Virginia –H”
Don’t forget that while serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton signed every United Nations action that would strip Americans of their constitutional rights to own and bear firearms. She signed the UN Small Arms Treaty which would have greatly restricted the sale and distribution of any small arms. What you may not realize is their definition of small arms includes all handguns along with the vast majority of hunting and target rifles and shotguns. The restrictions on sale and distribution would virtually wipe out the gun business in the United States. Fortunately the Senate has not ratified this treaty and we pray they never do.
I though it appropriate that one person responded to Hillary’s tweet with:
“We should make gun violence against the law – NOW!”
This crime had nothing to do with guns, but with a disgruntled black man who held racist anger towards the white reporter and a white cameraman. If he survives his self-inflicted wound, I’m positive that none of the charges facing him will involve race or hate crimes. That’s because in our perverted and backwards society, only whites can be guilty of racial hate crimes, not blacks.