Vester Flanagan, the suspect in today’s shooting of a TV reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast, has shot himself but is still alive, according to CBS DC.
Police say the attempted suicide took place on I-66. The suspect is in critical condition.
Update: The New York Times is now reporting that Flanagan has died.
Flanagan, who went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams, is suspected of shooting his former coworkers Alison Parker, 24, and videographer Adam Ward, 27, while they were filming a live segment at Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County for WDBJ-7, a Virginia television station. Both Williams and Ward died from their wounds.
After the shooting, Flanagan allegedly posted footage of the attack to the @bryce_williams7 Twitter account. The account has since been suspended. He also posted a tirade against the station.
However, sources at the station claim Flanagan was an “unhappy man” who had a reputation of being difficult to work with.
“He was sort of looking out for people to say things that he could take offense to, and eventually after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him and he did not take that well,” said Jeff Marks, the station’s general manager. “We had to call the police to escort him from the building.”
(Source: CBS DC)