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Shooting Suspect Vester Flanagan Turns Gun On Himself After On-Air Killing Of TV Reporter & Cameraman –– Latest Details In Tragic Killings

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Source: WDBJ7/Facebook

Aug. 26 2015, Updated 1:19 p.m. ET

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Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... has all the breaking developments in the on-air fatal shootings of two TV journalists in Virginia, and the suspect in the double-killing.

The Suspect

Vester Lee Flanagan II, a 41-year-old Roanoke, Virginia native, has been identified as the suspected shooter of three people during a live broadcast on WDBJ-TV Wednesday, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office's Becky Coyner told the AP. Authorities believe Flanagan shot and killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27; and injured businesswoman Vicki Gardner, during the filming of a feature segment from Moneta, Virginia's Bridgewater Plaza. Flanagan, who appeared onscreen under the name "Bryce Williams," was described as a 6-foot-3, 250-lb. African American male. He had been fired from the station two years ago under bad circumstances.

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The Manhunt

Flanagan reportedly shot himself when confronted by law enforcement at the Bedford County-Franklin County line on I-66, police said. He was still alive as of Wednesday afternoon, CNN reported.

Telegraphed Killings To ABC News

ABC News reported that someone identifying themselves as Bryce Williams sent "a 23-page fax" to the newsroom overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, which they forwarded to authorities.

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More On The Victims

Ward was an alum of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University who had been working at the station for four years. Parker, a Martinsville, Virginia native, had graduated from James Madison University, and had detailed her love of kayaking, animals and community theater on her Facebook page.



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