The Timeline Of The Virginia TV Shooting Shows How Quickly The Tragedy Unfolded
An everyday news story turned into a nightmare on Wednesday, when a gunman suddenly opened fire on a news crew in Moneta, Virginia. While reporting from the Bridgewater Plaza shopping center, WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed during a live interview. Vicki Gardner, the woman Parker was interviewing, was also injured, and has been rushed to a nearby hospital. The suspect, Vester Lee Flanagan, is dead. He shot himself after being cornered by police, and died at the hospital. We now have a full timeline of the Virginia WDBJ7 shooting.
The chilling turn of events was caught on Ward's camera, which shows Parker interviewing Gardner when gunshots ring out nearby. Parker screams and ducks for cover before the camera drops and the broadcast cuts back to the station's anchor's desk. WDBJ7's general manager, Jeffrey Marks, later confirmed Parker and Ward's deaths during an emotional broadcast, saying it was his "very, very sad duty" to report their deaths.
- Early morning Wednesday: The WDBJ7 team celebrates Melissa Ott's — Ward's fiancée — last morning at the station. Parker reportedly brings in balloons for the celebration.
- 6:45 a.m.: Parker and Ward are live on the scene at the Bridgewater Plaza. Parker is interviewing Gardner when a nearby gunman starts shooting and the camera cuts out.
- 7:03 a.m.: WDBJ7 tweets an update saying that they're figuring out what happened.
- 8:45 a.m.: WDBJ7 General Manager Jeffrey Marks announces Parker and Ward's deaths during a live broadcast.
- 10:08 a.m.: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe tells WTOP that authorities believe that the suspect is a disgruntled employee of WDBJ7 and are in pursuit.
- Around 11 a.m.: Authorities reveal the identity of the shooting suspect as Vester Flanagan, 41, a former reporter for WDBJ7.
- Around 11:20 a.m.: Twitter user Bryce Williams, which is the on-air name that Flanagan used at WDBJ7, posts two videos of the shooting, filmed from the point of view of the shooter. The user also tweets that he "filmed the shooting" and instructs followers to "see Facebook." The user then tweets angry messages directed at Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
- 11:37 a.m.: Police announce that Flanagan has shot himself after being confronted on I-66.
- 12:02 p.m.: Police announce that Flanagan is still alive, but in very critical condition.
- 12:30 p.m.: ABC News announces that someone going by Bryce Williams had faxed a 23-page manifesto to the outlet sometime between last night and early this morning. It was handed over to investigators, and later revealed to be a suicide note.
- 2.30 p.m.: Flanagan is pronounced dead at the hospital.