News Reporter And Cameraman Working For WDBJ-TV Shot Dead On Live Show – Murderer Commits Suicide

• Just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police saw the suspect’s Ford Mustang headed east on Interstate 66. With emergency lights activated, a Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, said police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

• The driver refused to stop and sped away before running off the road and crashing, Geller told CNN. Troopers found the driver inside. He had suffered a gunshot wound. He is being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, Geller said. The driver is believed to be the suspect in the on-air shootings of two WDBJ journalists and an interviewee, she said. She did not name the suspect.

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Police say a former WDBJ-TV reporter sought in connection with the on-air slayings of two of the TV station’s employees shot himself Wednesday on Interstate 66 in Virginia after police confronted him, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Vester Flanagan was a reporter at WDBJ for about a year using the on-air name, Bryce Williams, according to a former WDBJ employee.

Flanagan was fired from the station, though the reason was not made public, the ex-employee said.

“Two years ago, we had to separate him from the company. We did understand that he was still living in the area,” WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks said.

ABC News reported that it received a fax containing a 23-page manifesto from someone named Bryce Williams, according to a tweet. The document was handed over to investigators, ABC said.

Two videos posted on a Twitter account under the name, Bryce Williams, show someone walking up to the WDBJ news crew and pointing a gun at them.

Another tweet says, “I filmed the shooting.” The Facebook and Twitter account were suspended shortly after the tweets.

Video shows the gunman approaching WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward as Parker conducted a routine interview about a local story outside Moneta, Virginia.

Ward’s back is to the gunman. Parker is in profile, and the interviewee is facing the gunman. The shooter appears to take his time aiming the gun, presenting it and then withdrawing it, before composing the angle of his video. He opens fire on Parker first. Both Parker and the interviewee scream.

Shocking morning broadcast

During the live broadcast around 6:45 a.m., TV viewers saw the camera fall to the ground and caught the briefest glimpse of a man who appeared to point a gun toward the downed cameraman.

The station cut away to a shocked anchor, Kimberly McBroom, back in the studio.

Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, the station reported later.

Ward’s fiancée was in the control room and saw the shooting, Marks told CNN.

Though Marks has heard that Flanagan had leveled accusations in the past, he said, “I don’t think (reporter) Alison (Parker) and that individual even overlapped here.”

Marks added he was not exaggerating when he says that Parker and photographer Adam Ward were “the kindest and nicest people who worked here. … I can’t figure out any connection.”

The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back and is in surgery, said Barb Nocera, the chamber’s special projects manager.

The gunman is believed to have fired six or seven times, Marks said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined in the manhunt, while the ATF and FBI are participating in the investigation. Area schools are on lockdown.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told WTOP radio in Washington that the suspected gunman may be a disgruntled employee of the TV station.

Parker a ‘rock star’

“We do not know the motive,” Marks said. “We do know the Franklin County sheriff … they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists,” he said during the station’s coverage of the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken,” Marks said. “We have people walking around here in tears, lots of hugs.”

McBroom described Parker as a “rock star” and said, “You throw anything at that girl and she could do it.”

Photographer Adam Ward managed to capture a brief image of the suspected gunman after being shot.

Another journalist at the anchor’s desk said Ward was engaged to be married to morning show producer at WDBJ, Melissa Ott, and Ward recently told her, “I’m going to get out of news. I think I’m going to do something else.”

Ward joined WDBJ in 2011 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in communication and media studies, according to his Facebook page. He enrolled at the university in 2007, the same year a gunman went on a deadly rampage, leaving 32 people dead.

In April, days before the eighth anniversary of the campus massacre, Ward changed his Facebook profile photo to an image of the Virginia Tech logo with a black ribbon.

The school said in a statement, “It is shocking and deeply saddening for this community to be again struck by gun violence. We deplore this senseless violence, now seemingly commonplace in our society.”

Added one of Ward’s professors, Robert Denton, “Adam was a delightful person. He worked hard — you could tell he loved what he was doing. He wasn’t afraid to pitch in and do whatever was necessary for the broadcast. He did whatever was needed with a smile and with grace. He was simply a very nice young man and very professional.”

Parker was the morning reporter for the Roanoke station and a native of Virginia, having spent most of her life outside Martinsville. She started with WDBJ as an intern, her biography on the station’s website says.

She previously worked with another CNN affiliate, WCTI-TV, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. She was a graduate of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Boyfriend describes himself as ‘numb’

Chris Hurst, a reporter for the station, tweeted that he and Parker “were very much in love” and had just moved in together after dating nine months, “the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday.”

He continued, “She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.”

Hurst described himself as “numb.”

Parker and Ward worked together every day, Hurst tweeted. “They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee,” he wrote.

“You know, you send people into war zones, you send people into dangerous situations and into riots, and you worry that they are going to get hurt. You send somebody out to do a story on tourism and — how can you expect something like this to happen?” Marks told CNN.

The shooting made Marks want to step out of his role as a journalist and say of the shooter, “I don’t know whether I want him to live or die,” he told CNN.

A local pastor, “a friend of the newsroom,” is at the station, consoling Parker’s and Ward’s co-workers, he said.

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ISIS brings its evil to Egypt

  • Video comes just after a car bomb assassinated one of Egypt’s top prosecutors, Hisham Barakat, in Cairo
  • The new video shows how two militants pulled out machine guns and sprayed the judge’s car with bullets 
  • The assassination of the three judges happened in al-Arish last month just hours after Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death for his role in a mass jail breakout in the 2011 revolution

Following their shocking attack in Tunisia, ISIS have released a new video showing militants carrying out a deadly assassination of several high profile court judges in Egypt.The brutal video comes just hours after a car bomb killed one of Egypt’s top prosecutors, Hisham Barakat.

It is thought that ISIS’s Egyptian franchise, ISIS in the Sinai province, may have been responsible for the deadly blast.

Mr Barakat had been one of the key prosecutors for referring hundreds of alleged Islamists to trial following the trial of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi two years ago.

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Egyptian security forces do their best to keep people off the blast site. It is believed the attack was the work of ISIS's Egyptian franchise, ISIS in Sinai province

Egyptian security forces do their best to keep people off the blast site. It is believed the attack was the work of ISIS’s Egyptian franchise, ISIS in Sinai province

Firefighter attempt to douse the flames of the 4x4 cars which made up the convoy protecting Mr Barakat. In the foreground, the mangled remnants of the car used for bomb attack

Firefighter attempt to douse the flames of the 4×4 cars which made up the convoy protecting Mr Barakat. In the foreground, the mangled remnants of the car used for bomb attack

Two of Mr Barakat's guards and a local civilian were also injured in the blast, which claimed the live of one of Egypt's top prosecutors

Two of Mr Barakat’s guards and a local civilian were also injured in the blast, which claimed the live of one of Egypt’s top prosecutors

The bomb blast comes just over a month after three Egyptian court judges were assassinated in a horrific drive by shooting in Sinai province. ISIS claimed responsibility and released a shocking video of the attack

The bomb blast comes just over a month after three Egyptian court judges were assassinated in a horrific drive by shooting in Sinai province. ISIS claimed responsibility and released a shocking video of the attack

Initial reports from state media claimed that  Hisham Barakat had only sustained ‘light’ injuries and that was being treated in hospital.

State media claimed that Mr Barakat had suffered injuries caused by flying glass after a bomb was detonated near his convoy in Heliopolis, Cairo.

It was announced this afternoon that Mr Barakat has since died from his wounds, leading to questions over whether the prosecutor’s death will lead to a decline in the number of people being put on trial for being alleged radical Islamists.

Pictures have since emerged of the devastating bomb blast, in which a car, packed with explosives was detonated near Mr Barakat’s convoy of heavy vehicles.

Local security staff and civilians inspect the remains of the bomb site. According to local sources, the attack may have been the actions of the 'Giza Popular Resistance'

Local security staff and civilians inspect the remains of the bomb site. According to local sources, the attack may have been the actions of the ‘Giza Popular Resistance’

An early medical report from Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar had said that Mr Barakat had escaped with a dislocated shoulder, a deep cut and a suspected broken nose

An early medical report from Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar had said that Mr Barakat had escaped with a dislocated shoulder, a deep cut and a suspected broken nose

Ripped apart in the blast, at five cars were destroyed in the attack, which reportedly took place on Mr Barakat's route between his office and his home

Ripped apart in the blast, at five cars were destroyed in the attack, which reportedly took place on Mr Barakat’s route between his office and his home

The fresh attack comes after six Egyptian men were hanged after being found guilty of being Islamists and involved in terrorism

The fresh attack comes after six Egyptian men were hanged after being found guilty of being Islamists and involved in terrorism

The attack appears to have taken place on the corner of the street, targeting the convoy at its most vulnerable position

Hisham Barakat was being driven through the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis when his convoy was attacked by a suspected car bomb. Mr Barakat has since died from his wounds sustained in the blast.

Hisham Barakat was being driven through the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis when his convoy was attacked by a suspected car bomb. Mr Barakat has since died from his wounds sustained in the blast

Egyptian general Prosecutor Hisham Barakat pictured visiting the site of an terror attack outside the Egyptian supreme court in  March 2015. The explosion left 11 people wounded and one person critically injured

Egyptian general Prosecutor Hisham Barakat pictured visiting the site of an terror attack outside the Egyptian supreme court in  March 2015. The explosion left 11 people wounded and one person critically injured

Several of the Egyptian prosecutor’s guards were badly injured in the blast as well as at least one civilian, who was near when the attack happened.

An early medical report from Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar had said that Mr Barakat had escaped with a dislocated shoulder, a deep cut and a suspected broken nose.

The death of Hishaam Barakat marks the highest senior state official to be killed since President Abdel Fateh al-Sisit took power. It will be a blow for the President’s campaign to round up members of the banned organisation the Muslim Brotherhood.

The brutal video comes just hours after a devastating car bomb killed one of Egypt's top prosecutors, Hisham Barakat

The Egyptian franchise of ISIS have developed a reputation for calculated assassinations of authority figures, targeting army and security personnel as well as members of Egypt’s judiciary.

In the video, the militants approach in an unidentified vehicle. The driver speeds up near a silver car, driving in the opposite lane on the motorway.

Two militants suddenly pull out machine guns and begin to spray the silver car with bullets, shattering the glass in the windows in the hail of rounds.

The militants appear to have good knowledge of their targets, shooting the three trapped judges repeatedly from their seats in their speeding vehicle.

Gruesome close up images of their victims bodies are shown, lying in the blood stained and bullet marked car.

The video appears to show the assassination of three high profile Egyptian court judges last month 

The video appears to show the assassination of three high profile Egyptian court judges last month

TItled, 'the Liquidation of judges', the video shows the gunman carrying out the deadly attack in broad daylight

TItled, ‘the Liquidation of judges’, the video shows the gunman carrying out the deadly attack in broad daylight

Bullets riddled across the side of their vehicle, the gunman appear to be well trained and professional in their shocking assassination attempt

Bullets riddled across the side of their vehicle, the gunman appear to be well trained and professional in their shocking assassination attempt

Speeding off along the road, the ISIS gunmen escape and are believed to remain at large.

The assassination of the judges reportedly happened in al-Arish last month, just hours after deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death.

The video footage has only just been released, possibly delayed as part of ISIS’s propaganda strategy to publish its harrowing videos until it can gain maximum publicity.

The brief grainy footage appears to have been filmed on a mobile phone by one of the passengers in the militant’s car.

Armed with machine guns, the gunman spray the judge's vehicle with bullets, smashing the windows and killing the three passengers

Armed with machine guns, the gunman spray the judge’s vehicle with bullets, smashing the windows and killing the three passengers

The brief grainy footage appears to have been filmed on a mobile phone by one of the passengers in the militant's car

The brief grainy footage appears to have been filmed on a mobile phone by one of the passengers in the militant’s car

The renewed  violence in Egypt comes after six ISIS linked militants were hanged recently and the government continues to crackdown on anyone linked to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The renewed violence in Egypt comes after six ISIS linked militants were hanged recently and the government continues to crackdown on anyone linked to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The fresh bomb attack comes shortly after ISIS in Sinai called for more attacks in Egypt.

The renewed eruption of violence comes after six ISIS linked militants were hanged recently and the government continues to crackdown on anyone linked to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The new release comes only days after the Tunisian beach massacre, in which an ISIS linked gunman murdered as many as 38 holidaymakers in a shocking gun attack.

Fears remain that ISIS’s strategy to develop strong terror franchises may be taking off in the North African region, with ISIS backed militants continuing to be a threat in Libya and the worrying security problems in Tunisia.

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Father Throws 4 Year Old Daughter Off Cliff

The British mother of the four-year-old victim cries in an LA court as her nearly 15-year wait for justice comes to an end.

A father has been convicted of first-degree murder for throwing his daughter off a cliff in California.

Cameron Brown killed four-year-old Lauren Sarene Key nearly 15 years ago to get revenge against her mother and avoid custody payments, prosecutors said.

The former airline baggage handler, 53, showed no emotion in Los Angeles Superior Court as the verdict was read out.

He faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced next month.

Briton Sarah Key-Marer, Brown’s ex-wife and Lauren’s mother, was crying in the courtroom.

Cameron Brown

Brown, 53, claimed his daughter tripped and fell

“It’s all been really hard. The pain, we just learned to live with the pain,” she said.

“All I ever wanted was that he would take responsibility for what happened that day.

“So I am thankful to God for carrying me and my family and my friends through this time.”

Brown maintained his daughter’s death was an accident.

He said she tripped and fell as she ran towards the cliff’s edge at Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes in November 2000.

“I’m innocent,” he told the judge.

Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes

Inspiration Point, where Lauren died in 2000

But prosecutors said he tossed her off the 120-ft (36.5m) cliff because he never wanted the child and was locked in a bitter custody dispute with her mother.

The long-running case saw two previous juries deadlocked over whether Brown was guilty of murder or manslaughter.

In this third trial, jurors heard most of the same evidence as the previous juries.

But evidence of a financial motive for Lauren’s killing was bolstered by a new witness.

Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum said the witness testified that Brown had said it would be “nice to get rid of Lauren” to get out of paying $1,000-a-month child support.

Leaving court, juror Shelia Janis said: “I’m sorry to Sarah for all the pain she has been going through. I’m sorry for the death of your baby. But justice has finally been served.”

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