The latest on the Virgina shooting that killed two journalists

UPDATE: MONETA, Va. – Suspected shooter shot himself was transported to the hospital and is now dead. He is identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, also known as Bryce William.  He was pronounced dead around 1:30pm.

He is a former WDBJ7 employee and worked at WTOC from 1997-1999.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 66. With emergency lights activated the Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle refused to stop and sped away from the trooper. Minutes later, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and crashed. The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound. He was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The male driver is believed to be the same male subject who shot three people this morning in Franklin County during a television news interview.

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MONETA (WSLS/WAVY) – There is a manhunt underway for the person who they say shot at multiple people Wednesday morning, killing WDBJ7’s reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photojournalist Adam Ward, 27, at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Department’s Spokesperson Phillip Young, the shooting occurred at the Bedford County-Franklin County line in Moneta at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, August 26.

Members with Bedford, Franklin County and Virginia State Police are on scene. Sgt. Ryan Young with the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries confirmed half a dozen of their department are on scene searching the shoreline and surrounding area.

Police say they continue to look for the shooter at this time and are hoping to get a description out to the public shortly. This incident remains under investigation.

At this time Bedford County Public Schools are on perimeter lock-down until further notice, according to the superintendent. For those students on their way to school, officials say they will be secured upon arrival.

According to a witness on the scene, there is a major police presence in the area – around 30 to 40 officers have responded.

Members with Bedford, Franklin County and Virginia State Police are on scene.

Screen grab from WDBJ7 broadcast
Screen grab from WDBJ7 broadcast

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