On Wednesday morning, two journalists were shot on camera during a morning broadcast in Moneta, Virginia. According to reports, WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27 were killed, and the woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back and is in surgery.
Police are still looking for the gunman and Bedford County Schools are on lockdown until further notice. Gov. Terry McAuliffe told reporters the suspect is believed to be a disgruntled former employee of the station.
WDBJ President Jeff Marks confirmed the deaths of Parker and Ward in a live broadcast about an hour after the shooting. “We always say ‘senseless’ crime,” Marks said. “How can this individual have robbed Alison and Adam’s families of their lives and loves?”
Gov. McAuliffe stressed the need for tougher gun laws and background checks on WTOP Tuesday morning, saying there was too much gun violence in the U.S. Virginia’s legislature has repeatedly rejected efforts to expand background checks. Virginia also repealed a law in 2012 that prevented people from buying more than one handgun per month.
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.