Reports: Man who reportedly shot, killed WDBJ news crew live on TV dies

Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 8:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 2:16 PM


            This undated composite photograph made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. 
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This undated composite photograph made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. (WDBJ-TV)

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Update 2:10 p.m. ET:  Law enforcement officials have confirmed that Vester Flanagan has died.  

According to The Washington Post, Flanagan, 41, several law enforcement agencies were chasing Flanagan when he crashed along Interstate 66 in Fauquier County. When police approached his car, they found him suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Flanagan was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, The Washington Post reported.

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Update 12:45 p.m. ET: Virginia state police have released details of the capture of Vester Flanagan on the department's Facebook page.

Franklin County Shooting Suspect In CustodyShortly before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police spotted the suspect...

Posted by Virginia State Police on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Update 12:10 p.m. ET: Virginia state police have updated Vester Flanagan's condition. WDBJ is reporting that police and other media outlets initially said he shot and killed himself. Police are now saying he is alive, but in very critical condition. Police caught up to him on I-66 Fauquier Co., Virginia, according to state police.

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Update 11:09 a.m. ET: Police are searching for Vester Lee Flanagan according to the Augusta Co. Sheriff's office. 

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Update 10:40 a.m. ET: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe said police are chasing the suspect in a fatal on-air shooting, and his arrest is imminent, The Associated Press is reporting.

McAuliffe said on a radio show on WTOP in Virginia that the suspect is believed to be a disgruntled former employee of WDBJ-TV. 

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Original post: A television reporter and photographer were shot to death Wednesday morning while they were reporting live on air.

Alison Parker and Adam Ward and a woman whom they were interviewing scrambled to take cover as an unknown gunman opened fire during their live shot.

Station management later confirmed Parker and Ward were killed in the shooting.

Their coworkers at WDBJ are mourning their loss. 

Parker recently turned 24. She is from Martinsville, Virginia, and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University, WDBJ reported.

Parker was dating co-worker Chris Hurst. He went to Twitter shortly after the announcement.

Ward was 27 and graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech. 

He was engaged to WDBJ producer Melissa Ott. Wednesday was Ott's last day at the station.  The Roanoke Times reported that Ward told the morning show's anchor that, "I'm going to get out of news. I'm gonna do something else."

Police near Roanoke, Virginia, are searching for the person who opened fire live on air, WSLS reported. 

The shots were caught on live during an interview around 6:45 a.m.

The woman whom they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back and was in surgery.

She is in stable condition, The Roanoke Times reported.

Gardner is the head of Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Roanoke Times reported.  

Man with tattooed face wanted for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 9:01 PM

Domestic assault suspect Michael Mann is wanted by Cincinnati authorities.
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Domestic assault suspect Michael Mann is wanted by Cincinnati authorities.(Crimestoppers Cincinnati)

Ohio authorities are searching for a man with distinctive tattoos covering his face and neck, who is  accused of climbing through an unlocked window at a Cincinnati home and assaulting a woman.

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Michael Mann, 34, is wanted for aggravated burglary and domestic violence.

According to police reports, Mann entered the woman's Cincinnati home and slapped and choked her. Police said he has a history of domestic violence and drug charges.

The latest incident involving Mann and the victim, who he has a child with, happened on Jan. 9.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect.

Man wanted in Cincinnati for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 9:23 PM

Domestic assault suspect Michael Mann is wanted by Cincinnati authorities.
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Domestic assault suspect Michael Mann is wanted by Cincinnati authorities.(Crimestoppers Cincinnati)

Cincinnati authorities are searching for a man with distinctive tattoos covering his face and neck, who is accused of climbing through an unlocked house window and assaulting a woman.

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Michael Mann, 34, is wanted for aggravated burglary and domestic violence.

According to police reports, Mann entered the woman's Cincinnati home and slapped and choked her. Police said he has a history of domestic violence. and drug charges.

The latest incident involving Mann and the victim, who he has a child with, happened on Jan. 9.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect.

Clotilda: Last-known slave ship uncovered after East Coast ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

East Coast ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Uncovers Last Known Slave Ship, Clotilda

Years of research and a particularly strong winter storm has led a reporter in Alabama to what is likely the remains of the last ship to carry slave cargo from Africa to the United States.

Writer Ben Raines of al.com reported Tuesday that what is left of the slave ship Clotilda, “lies partially buried in mud alongside an island in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a few miles north of the city of Mobile. The hull is tipped to the port side, which appears almost completely buried in mud. The entire length of the starboard side, however, is almost fully exposed.”

The ship’s remains were discovered by Raines when the “Bomb Cyclone” winter system hit the eastern half of the country earlier this month. A confluence of strong systems created the storm that caused the tide in Mobile Bay to be especially low, Raines pointed out. The lower than normal tide better exposed what was left of the ship.

In the story, Raines says he documented the wreck with historical documents and photos – the remains rest in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, accessible only by boat – and took his findings to a team of archaeologists from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla.

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The archaeologists agreed that Raines had probably found what was left of the Clotilda.

In the summer of 1860, the Clotilda brought 110 men, women and children from Africa to Alabama in violation of U.S. laws that banned international slave trade. The ship’s trans-Atlantic journey was the last recorded trip bringing human cargo from an African nation to the United States.

The expedition was financed by Timothy Meaher, a wealthy Mobile businessman who made a bet that he could sneak slaves into the country past forts on either side of the entrance to Mobile Bay, “under the officers’ noses.” 

Meaher was able to hire a ship and captain to bring the slaves to Mobile, but fearing that he would be caught and punished for the stunt, Meaher arranged for the ship to be burned after he had the slaves unloaded.

Those 110 slaves who were brought over on the Clotilda were freed five years later at the end of the Civil War. They asked Meaher to pay for their return to Africa. He refused, and the group went on to petition the U.S. government for the money. When the government refused, the group took up residence near Mobile, creating the community of Africatown.

The town, according to historian Sylvianne Diouf in her book “Dreams of Africa in Alabama,” was run under traditional African law and used African farming and education methods. The last survivor of the Clotilda trip, Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis , died in 1935, though descendants of the slaves brought over on the ship still live in the area.

The story of the Clotilda was recently resurrected in an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by historian Henry Gates. In a December episode, Roots front man and drummer Questlove – whose given name is Ahmir Thompson – finds out that his great, great, great grandfather, Charles Lewis, was one of the slaves brought to America on the Clotilda’s trip.

Gates tells Questlove that Meaher chose the more than 100 slaves from a group of 4,000 to be brought to Alabama. Lewis was one of those chosen.

"Think about the odds, man," Gates said.

Click here to read Raines’ full story on finding the Clotilda. 

 

Baby drowns, toddler injured in bathtub when woman walks away, police say

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

A Nassau County Sheriff’s Office squad car is blocking a road that leads to a home in Fernandina Beach, Fla., Tuesday where one child died and another was injured in a bathtub incident. 
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A Nassau County Sheriff’s Office squad car is blocking a road that leads to a home in Fernandina Beach, Fla., Tuesday where one child died and another was injured in a bathtub incident. (ActionNewsJax.com)

A 14-month-old baby girl is dead and a 3-year-old girl is clinging to life after deputies said their mother put them in the bathtub and walked away.

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The incident happened Tuesday at a home in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Deputies arrived and started CPR immediately, authorities said.

They tried everything they could, but the 14-month-old girl didn't make it. The 3-year-old was taken to Baptist Medical Center Nassau in Fernandina Beach. 

Deputies quickly blocked off the road to begin an investigation. Deputies roped off the home with crime scene tape. 

Deputies say the 911 call came in around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. The mother claimed she put the two kids in the bathtub and walked away, and when she came back, they were under water.

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Authorities say any possible charges will not come until their investigation is complete.