Roanoke community still reeling after two journalists killed in on-air shooting

ROANOKE, Va. (WRIC) — It’s been one day since Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot to death yesterday morning while reporting live on air at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake.

Alison Parker, Adam Ward
This undated photograph made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were fatally shot during an on-air interview, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Moneta, Va. Authorities identified the suspect as fellow journalist Vester Lee Flanagan II, who appeared on WDBJ-TV as Bryce Williams. Flanagan was fired from the station in 2013. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP)

Parker and Ward were conducting a live interview around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when the gunman, Vester Flanagan, approached from behind. Video shows him aiming the gun then withdrawing it before raising it again and opening fire. He’s believed to have fired six or seven times, fatally striking Parker and Ward and injuring interviewee Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gardner underwent surgery and is currently in a medically induced coma. She is now in good condition, according to 8News sister station WSLS.

Parker and Ward both grew up in the Roanoke area. Parker had just turned 24 and Ward was 27-years-old.

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