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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.  

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American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:12 PM

File photo.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak Saturday afternoon. 

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto.

The plane -- which was scheduled to land at PBI -- did not need to make an emergency landing, and there are no reports of injuries, Leonard Serratore of PBI said. 

It is unclear if the plane experienced the leak before or after the plane took off from Charlotte. 

In August 2016, a similar incident with an American Airlines plane occurred at PBI in which the plane developed a hydraulic leak on a taxiway. In that instance, 23 passengers and one flight attendant were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, including burning eyes, itchy skin and difficulty breathing.

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Trump considers pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

FILE - This undated photo shows boxer Jack Johnson.  President Donald Trump says he's considering
FILE - This undated photo shows boxer Jack Johnson. President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships. Trump tweets that the actor Sylvester Stallone called him to share Johnson's story. Trump says Johnson's "trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial." The president adds: "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!" (AP Photo/File(AP)

Prodded by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Donald Trump said he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion, more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.

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Jack Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

"His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon from Mar-a-Lago. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

Johnson's family has tried to get a posthumous pardon for years. The tweet comes a week after Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

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‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 7:09 PM

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Actor R. Lee Ermey, famous for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” died Sunday. He was 74. 

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