A Virginia reporter and her cameraman were shot and killed this morning during a live broadcast by a disgruntled former employee of the station.

The shooting occurred at 6:45am local time in Moneta during a live interview on WDBJ7, killing TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27.

The woman being interviewed was also wounded and was rushed to a hospital where she underwent surgery. Vicki Gardner is reportedly in stable condition.

The suspect has now been named as Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke. He worked at one point as a WDBJ reporter, under the name Bryce Williams. 

State police say Flanagan fatally shot himself along a highway in Fauquier County after being pursued by police.

According to WDBJ, Flanagan was driving a car that he had rented at a local airport.

He posted his own cell phone video of the shooting on Facebook and Twitter earlier this morning. Those accounts have been suspended.

In his tweets, he wrote that "Alison made racist comments" and said that Ward "went to HR on me after working with me one time!!!"

The station's general manager, Jeff Marks, described Flanagan as "an unhappy man" who was dismissed from the station after "anger" incidents.

Marks said Flanagan had a reputation as someone who "was difficult to work with."

"He was sort of looking out for people to say things that he could take offense to," said Marks.

Williams had worked for several other stations and had reportedly filed at least two racial discrimination complaints that were dismissed.

ABC News reports that the network received a 23-page fax from someone claiming to be Williams. The network says the fax was turned over to authorities and did not elaborate on its contents.

ABC News released contents of the documents Wednesday afternoon. In the manifesto, Flanagan said he was a "human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”

Flanagan said his actions were in response to the Charleston church shooting. 

"My hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them," he wrote.

The gunman opened fire while Parker conducted an outdoor interview at a shopping center and the dramatic moments were captured by the station's camera.

Gardner is a local Chamber of Commerce official and was discussing the waterfront shopping center. She was shot in the back.

As the camera falls, a very brief image of the gunman was visible.

 

Parker was dating an anchor at WDBJ, Chris Hurst, who tweeted the following this morning:

Marks, went on the air this morning to announce the tragic news.

"They both were in love. ... Our hearts are broken. Our sympathies go out to the parents and family of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were just out doing their job today," Marks said.

WDBJ spokesman Mike Morgan said Ward, a Virginia Tech graduate, was engaged to a producer at the station, Melissa Ott, AP reported. He said Ward had been with the station for four years.

Today was reportedly their last day on the job, as the pair planned to move to Charlotte.

"Adam was our go-to guy. He pretty much was available to do anything that we asked," Morgan said. 

Parker, a Martinsville native, just turned 24 and had previously interned at the station. At James Madison University, she was the editor of the school paper, The Breeze.

WDBJ is based in Roanoke, Virginia, and serves the southwest and central part of the state. 

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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