Remembering WDBJ’s Parker and Ward

WFIR-LOGO-1Alison Parker was 24 and hailed from Martinsville … Adam Ward was 27 and from here in Salem … WFIR’s Gene Marrano has reaction from several people to their shocking on-air murder yesterday as they were doing a live remote at Smith Mountain Lake:

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Double-Fatal Shooting Suspect Dead

The suspect in this morning’s double-fatal shooting has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the state’s secretary of public safety and homeland security.  The investigation is ongoing by Franklin County and State Police.

State Police Sergeant Rick Garlits describes how Flanagan was spotted and stopped in northern Virginia:

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Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton describes how the shootings occurred:

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Both Garlits and Overton were speaking at an afternoon news conference near Smith Mountain Lake.

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Breaking News: Alleged Gunman Shoots Himself

The man suspected of killing two WDBJ7 employees Wednesday morning shot himself on I-66 in Faquier County, according to state police and is in critical condition.

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Precautions Around Moneta Underway After Shooting

Bedford County Schools are on a permiter lockdown, a precautionary measure suggested by law enforcement.

Roanoke County Schools have released a statement saying their buildings are locked and students will remain indoors today.

Route 122 in Franklin County at Bridgewater Plaza is closed due to police activities.  A detour has been established for smaller vehicles but not for large trucks.  Non-truck traffic can follow the detour signs onto Hardy Road, Turner Branch Road, Goodview Road, Horseshoe Bend Road and Diamond Hill Road.  The detour is expected to remain in place for several hours.  Commercial vehicles are being turned around on Route 122.

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Search for Suspected Gunman Continues

Suspected Gunman: WDBJ7 ShootingHere is a screen shot of the suspected gunman who may have been involved with the deaths of WDBJ7 crew members this morning in Moneta.

Please contact police immediately with any information or if you see anything suspicious.  Call 911 or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000

Stay tuned to WFIR for the latest on this developing story.

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Breaking News: WDBJ7 Crew Members Killed in Shooting

In Remembrance: WDJB7Breaking news this morning, WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward have been killed in a shooting at the Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta. The shooting happened during a live report. Parker was interviewing an official with the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce when the shots rang out. At last word, the shooter is still on the loose. Officials are not aware of a motive or the identity of the suspect at this time. We will keep you updated as we learn more information.

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