Alison Parker, 24, a reporter for WDBJ television news channel, and Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman, were interviewing a woman about a shopping plaza in Moneta, a small community near Roanoke city some 400 kilometers South West of Washington DC when they were shot by the gunman identified as Veste Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke.
The gunman is believed to have fired six or seven times. After the shooting Flanagan fled but was later found by police in his car with gunshot wound.
"Troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound," police said. He later died at the Inova Fairfax Hospital after succumbing to the injuries suffered from the self inflicted gunshot wound.
Flanagan previously worked for WDBJ under the name Bryce Williams. He was hired at the station in the spring of 2012 after working at stations in San Francisco and in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.
Part of the incident was caught on video during WDBJ TV's morning broadcast as the shocking viewers saw the grisly drama on their TVs. The station was interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gardner was shot at his back and is currently battling for his life in a hospital.
This year so far at least 39 journalists have been killed worldwide with France, South Sudan and Syria, being the most deadly countries.