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Live Reporting

By Sarah Fowler and Ashley Gold

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you and goodbye

    And that concludes our live coverage of the fatal shooting of two journalists in Virginia. Thank you for joining us.

    You can stay up to date with the latest developments at

  2. 'Yet another crazy person with a gun'

    Andy Parker, father of Alison Parker, released a statement:

  3. 'Long investigation'

    "It's going to be a long investigation because there are so many components and we're right at the beginning stages," said Sheriff Overton, who watched the attack unfold live on TV.

    "It really stopped me in my tracks this morning... like many viewers, I couldn't really understand what was happening. It was very emotional."

  4. Flanagan ran car off road

    Virginia state police chased Flanagan, who ran his car off the road on I-66. When troopers arrived at his car, he had a gunshot wound.

    Flanagan's car
  5. 'A life out of control'

    Sheriff Bill Overton said he was looking into how the suspect knew the news team was going to be at Bridgewater Plaza before the attack.

    "Not sure," the sheriff responds to a reporter's question over what the motive might have been. "It's obvious this gentleman was disturbed in some way, the way things transpired in his life, it would appear things spiralled out of control."

  6. Third victim

    The sheriff also confirms a third victim of the attack, Vicki Gardner, was treated in hospital for "non-life-threatening injuries".

  7. BreakingBreaking News

    Suspect confirmed dead

    Franklin County sheriff confirms the suspect died "at approximately 13:30 today at Inova Fairfax Hospital in northern Virginia as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound".

  8. Parker's father: 'My grief is unbearable'

    Alison Parker's father Andy Parker told the Washington Post: 

    Quote Message: “My grief is unbearable. Is this real? Am I going to wake up? I am crying my eyes out. I don’t know if there’s anybody in this world or another father who could be more proud of their daughter.” from Andy Parker Father of slain journalist Alison Parker
    Andy ParkerFather of slain journalist Alison Parker
  9. Police to speak

    You can watch the press conference live here.

  10. Post update

    The suspect gunman has died from his injuries, pronounced dead at 13:26 local time, state police tell the Washington Post. But we stress this is unconfirmed. Virginia police will hopefully provide more updates on the situation in a press conference due any time now.

  11. Memorial grows outside WDBJ TV station

  12. Virginia governor statement


  13. Hillary Clinton tweets about shooting

    'We must act to stop gun violence'

  14. No motive clues

    Jeffrey Marks, the head of the news channel, has been speaking to CNN about the suspect gunman, who is believed to have worked at WDBJ7 until he was dismissed two years ago.

    "I don't think Alison and that individual even overlapped here, I can't figure out any connection between these people who are some of the kindest people who worked here. This place is in shock, there's a lot of crying and hugging going on."

    He said the individual had made allegations against some of the staff previously.

  15. Suspect filed legal case

    Local media reported Flanagan filed a legal case against his employer WDBJ, alleging discrimination by the whole station, naming most of the staff of his complaint.

    The case was dismissed by a judge in July 2014. What else do we know about the suspect?

    Vester Lee Flanagan, who was known on-air as Bryce Williams, is shown in this handout photo from TV station WDBJ7 obtained by Reuters on 26 August 2015.
  16. Roadblock

    Police blocked off the interstate highway as they pursued the suspect.

    Sheriff's department tape blocks an off ramp from Interstate 66 near Markham, Virginia on 26 August 2015
    A sheriff's deputy blocks an off ramp from Interstate 66 near Markham, Virginia on 26 August 2015
  17. Scenes from Virginia

    Blocked off roads
    Image caption: Roads were blocked off as police chased the suspect, who is now in custody
    Rodney Booth, a dedicated viewer of WDBJ, lays flowers near the news channel's office
    Image caption: Rodney Booth, a dedicated viewer of WDBJ, lays flowers near the news channel's office
    Flowers left for the staff of WDBJ
    Image caption: Flowers left for the staff of WDBJ
  18. 'Senseless crime'

    Virginia Senator Mark Warner says "this crime was senseless, and our thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of Alison, Adam, and the whole WDBJ staff," in a statement.

  19. Post update

    The main interstate highway, I-66, has been closed in both directions, the Virginia department of transport tweets.

    Tweet from the Virginia department of transport
  20. Alison and Adam 'always had fun together'

    WDBJ is sharing photos of the pair at work together.

  21. White House responds to shooting

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed the shooting during his daily press briefing.

  22. Police pursuit

    Virginia state police say they pursued the suspect in a car chase after he was spotted on an interstate highway.

    Virginia State Police Sgt. RC Garletts speaks to the media on 26 August 2015 in Moneta, Virginia
  23. Virginia State Police issue statement

    Suspect is in custody, police say

    The Virginia State Police posted the followingupdateon its Facebook page:

    Virginia State Police
    Image caption: Post from Virginia State Police
  24. 'A tragedy for Virginia'

    Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe says the shooting is "a tragedy for Virginia; it's a tragedy for their families". Speaking earlier to WTOP radio station, he renewed calls for tougher gun laws.

  25. Upcoming press conference

    Update: Virginia state police are due to give a press conference at 14:00 local time (19:00 BST) (not 13:00 as previously reported).

  26. Medical treatment

    Police have swarmed the area where the suspected gunman reportedly shot himself and he is currently being transported to an ambulance, Reuters reports.

  27. People urging others not to watch shooting video

    Media sources advising people how to turn off Twitter and Facebook "autoplay", which automatically played point-of-view shooting video before the gunman's accounts were taken down.

  28. Third victim 'out of surgery'

    The third victim of the gunman, identified as Vicki Gardner, is reportedly out of emergency surgery.

    "She is currently recovering and is in stable condition," a spokesman for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is reported by local newspaper The Roanoke Times as saying. Mrs Gardner was being interviewed about the 50th anniversary of the founding of Smith Mountain Lake, a resort area near the Bridgewater Plaza, when the attack took place.

  29. WDBJ grappling with situation, its past with gunman

  30. Victims' backgrounds

    Who were the victims? Alison Parker, 24, had been a reporter with the WDBJ7 TV station since last year, working on the channel's Mornin' show. In a profile on the channel's website, she said she liked to white-water kayak, play with her parents' dog and attend theatre events. Adam Ward, 27, joined the station as a cameraman in 2011. He recently got engaged to one of the producers at WDBJ, Melissa Ott.

    WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27
  31. From the scene

    Dispatches from BBC reporters:

  32. BreakingBreaking News

    The BBC has spoken to Augusta County Sheriff's Office, who said they cannot confirm Flanagan is dead. Separately, news channel WDBJ said the suspect was still alive and had a pulse.

  33. WDBJ reporters commended

    WDBJ reporters are still on air, reporting about the deaths of their own colleagues.

  34. On the scene in Virginia

    BBC reporter told to delete footage:

  35. Police swarm scene on I-66 E

  36. Post update

    The suspected gunman has killed himself on the I-66, an interstate highway, in Fauquier County, state police are quoted by WDBJ7 TV as saying.

  37. Governor's office ID'd suspect earlier

    Terry McAuliffe's office confirms they ID'd the suspect Vester Lee Flanagan earlier this morning, walking back original line that the governor was "speculating" about the identity of the gunman.

  38. Suspect's background

    Williams was reported to have joined the WDBJ news channel "as a multimedia journalist and general assignment reporter" in April 2012. He previously worked as a reporter at a number of local news stations in the southern US.

  39. Suspect's dossier

    ABC News says it has received a 23-page fax from someone claiming to be Bryce Williams, which the news channel has turned over to the authorities. Bryce Williams is believed to be the professional name used for Vester Lee Flanagan. The picture below was on the Twitter account of Mr Williams.

    Bryce Williams
  40. Warning to WDBJ-TV staff

    Jeffrey Marks, the head of WDBJ7 TV, said hours after the shooting that police had advised the station's employees to stay inside, the Associated Press news agency reports. "Police have advised us that as long as this person is on the loose, we should stay in the building. We have police protection."

  41. Lockdown

    Local schools are reported to be in lockdown as Virginia state police try to find the gunman.

    Scene after the shooting in Moneta, Virginia
  42. 'Suspect tweets'

    A Twitter account that appears to belong to the suspect has been posting material which shows the shooting from the point of view of the gunman. The Twitter account has already been suspended.

  43. BreakingBreaking News

    Suspect named

    Police are searching for Vester Lee Flanagan in relation to the shooting, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office confirms. Flanagan is a former employee of the TV station and has been described as a "person of interest".

  44. Scene of the crime

    The attack took place at a large shopping centre - the Bridgewater Plaza - in Bedford County, about 120 miles (190 km) from the Virginia state capital of Richmond. Parker and Ward were filming for their morning news show at the shopping and recreational centre.

    Map showing scene of crime
  45. Number of journalists killed in US

    Reaction has been pouring in, with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Organisation for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) both condemning the attack. At least five journalists have been killed in the US since 1992, says the CPJ. So far this year, 39 journalists have been killed around the world.

  46. Seeking suspect but 'not a chase'

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's office "knows who they are looking for":

  47. No confirmation that suspect has been identified

    Terry McAuliffe's office tells the BBC:

  48. Adam Ward recently proposed to girlfriend

    Slain cameraman was to be married

    Cameraman Adam Ward was to be married to fiancee Melissa Ott and recently proposed to her at the Newseum in Washington DC in the spring.

    Pictures on his Facebook show the two together at football games at his alma mater Virginia Tech University and Penn State University.

    Adam Ward and Melissa Ott
    Image caption: Adam Ward and Melissa Ott
    Adam Ward and Melissa Ott
    Image caption: Adam Ward and Melissa Ott
  49. Virginia police 'deny pursuit'

    Virginia state police have reportedly denied they are chasing the suspect in a vehicle, as has being reported widely on Twitter. Henry Graff, a local reporter for WVIR-TV, tweeted the following statement:

    Tweet denying police pursuit
  50. Co-anchors express anguish, sadness at shooting

  51. 'Terrible crime'

    WDBJ-TV general manager Jeffrey Marks appeared soon after the incident on air, telling viewers the shooting of two of the station's employees was "a terrible crime against two fine journalists".

  52. Live broadcast

    Ms Parker was starting an interview about tourism at the shopping centre when suddenly eight shots rang out, the camera spun and dropped to the ground, and her screams could be heard. The footage captures what appears to be a fleeting image of the gunman, who is wearing black trousers and a blue top - and holding a handgun. You can watch some of it here.

  53. Parker was in love with co-worker at news station

    Couple "wanted to get married"

    Chris Hurst, another reporter for WBDJ7, revealed on Twitter that he and Parker had been dating and had just moved in together, and wanted to get married. 

  54. Identity 'unconfirmed'

    The office of the governor tells the BBC they have not yet confirmed the identity of the suspect.

  55. Still picture of alleged gunman shared on Twitter

    Local news station WHSV has shared a blurry still photo of the alleged gunman.

  56. 'Disgruntled employee'

    Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe says the gunman appeared to be a disgruntled former employee from the station. "Not a case of terrorism. It is a criminal case," he told Washington radio station WTOP.

  57. Post update

    The woman who Parker was interviewing at the lakeside resort in the town of Moneta was reportedly wounded in the attack.

  58. Alison Parker's last social media posts

    Alison Parker had an active social media presence, recently posting on her accounts on Twitter and Facebook, and appeared to be an enthusiastic young reporter. She had just celebrated her 24th birthday.

  59. Manhunt under way

    Police say they are still searching for the suspect. Vannette Seward, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said her department was "involved in the manhunt for the suspect in the shooting".

    Asked about CNN reports that authorities have an ID of the suspect and licence plate number, she told the BBC: "We don't have any information on that. It's still an active investigation."

  60. Post update

    Alison Parker and Adam Ward

    Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were the two killed in the attack. Parker had been working as the station's morning news reporter since the end of last year. She previously worked for at another local news channel, WCTI, in North Carolina.

  61. Emotional announcement

    The two journalists worked for a CBS affiliate station, WDBJ7, in Roanoke, Virginia. The station's general manager, Jeff Marks, made an emotional announcement live on air about the journalists' deaths. "I cannot tell you how much they were loved by the WDBJ7 team... our hearts are broken," he told viewers.

    "We do not know the motive, we do not know who the killer is," he added.

  62. Post update

    Welcome to the BBC's live coverage as police search for the killer of a US reporter and cameraman who were both shot dead as they broadcast a live interview at around 06:45 local time (11:45 GMT) at a shopping mall in Virginia.