Two US TV journalists shot dead live on air

A reporter and a cameraman from Virginia station WDBJ7 were tragically killed earlier this morning

Two US broadcast journalists were shot dead earlier today during a live broadcast from a Virginia shopping centre.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed by a man brandishing a gun as they reported live from Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake.

Vicki Gardner, a representative for the local chamber of commerce who was being interviewed by Parker at the time, was also injured in the attack. It is unknown how serious her injuries are, though she is now understood to be undergoing surgery in hospital.

The incident occurred during a live breakfast show broadcast watched by viewers tuning into local station WDBJ7. The station has confirmed that Parker and Ward lost their lives in the attack.

A 41-year-old man, Vester Lee Flanagan, said to be disgruntled former employee of WDBJ7, was later arrested on suspicion of killing the two journalists. He was apprehended by police after being pursued along a highway near Bridgewater Plaza and crashing his car off the road. Upon arrest, he was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound.

After being taken to nearby Fairfax Hospital for treatment, police have now confirmed that Flanagan has died. Sheriff Bill Overton told reporters at a press conference: “At approximately 1.30pm today, the suspect from this incident, this shooting, died at Fairfax [hospital] as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot injury.”