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Breaking News!!: Alexandria, VA: Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice.

Breaking News!!: Alexandria, VA: Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice.

Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover.

The shooting occurred at around 7:00am ET during baseball practice for an annual bipartisan charity baseball game.

Republicans were practicing for the annual baseball game against Democrats that has been held since 1909.

Witnesses reported hearing at least 50 gunshots were fired.

Sen. Rand Paul describes the scene at the baseball practice to MSNBC where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot.

Witnesses said the Republican lawmaker was standing at second base when he was hit in the left hip.

After dragging himself to safety and getting help from his colleagues amid the chaos, Scalise was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Scalise underwent surgery and was in stable condition, his office said.

“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.” the office for Scalise said in a statement.

The 51 year old Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008.

United States of America President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from the White House about the shooting.

“Everyone on that field is a public servant. Their sacrifice makes democracy possible,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

United States of America President Donald Trump later said, “Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend, he’s a patriot and he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault and Steve I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and frankly the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”

United States of America President Donald Trump is calling for unity, saying we are strongest when we work together for the common good.

“We may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because above all they love our country. We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family… I ask each of you to join me to resolve to come together to lift each other up and to show the country, to show the world, that we are one House, the people’s House, united in our humanity. It is that humanity which will win the day and it always will.”

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi said of Rep. Scalise, “For this person to take this action was so cowardly. It seems particularly sad that at a time when people want us to come together… that this assault would be made. But we cannot let that be a victory for the assailant or anyone who would think that way… We will use this occasion as one that brings us together and not separates us further.”

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot during the shooting, but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

The assailant, prepared with a lot of ammo, fought a gun battle with authorities before the attacker was shot and later died.

Authorities are saying that this was an isolated incident and there is no additional threat.

Law enforcement and government officials identified the shooter as 66 year old James. T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois.

The law enforcement officials said the shooter was heard asking, “Are these the Republicans or the Democrats?”, raising questions about the gunman’s political motivations, but law enforcement officials at the scene said that piece of the investigation remains unclear.

According to public records, James. T. Hodgkinson, a licensed home inspector who ran his business out of his Illinois home, has a history of arrests and was charged in 2006 with assaulting a woman.

At the time, authorities recovered a pocket knife, hair they say was pulled out of the woman’s head, and a 12-gauge shotgun at the scene of the alleged attack.

According to public records, the charges, domestic battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and battery, were later dismissed.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that 2 firearms, a rifle and a handgun, were recovered from the scene.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victims of the shooting and hoping that everybody will recover soon. **

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News Update!!: Moneta, VA: Latest information regarding the deadly shooting of a CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer and Reporter.

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News Update!!: Moneta, VA: Latest information regarding the deadly shooting of a CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer and Reporter.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the deadly shooting of a CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer and News Reporter during a live news interview in Moneta, Virginia on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015.

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** As of 10:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015: **

– Vicki Gardner, the sole survivor of the deadly shooting of a WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer and News Reporter, speaks exclusively with Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren and recounts that morning when Vester Flanagan shot and killed WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward and News Reporter Alison Parker.

** Watch the On the Record with Greta Van Susteren’s Exclusive Interview with Vicki Gardner at the following Fox News website address: **

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4487328064001/tv-shooting-survivor-all-i-could-think-was-play-dead/?intcmp=hpvid1#sp=show-clips

** As of 10:00am PT on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015: **

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– A “Day of Remembrance” being held for shooting victims WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward and News Reporter Alison Parker, and Vicki Gardner at 12:00pm ET on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at Bridgewater Plaza located at 16430 Booker T. Washington Highway (Highway 122) in Moneta, Virginia.

A permanent memorial will be dedicated, and following the dedication, Bridgewater Plaza asks all in attendance to join hands and create a circle of support around the entire Bridgewater Plaza.

Boaters are being asked to form a circle out into the cove.

A helicopter will fly overhead to capture aerial pictures of the moment.

Rose petals will be dropped from the helicopter to remember WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward and News Reporter Alison Parker.

Shuttle transportation from Lakewatch Plantation to Bridgewater Plaza begins at 9:00am ET.

The “Day of Remembrance” is free and will continue until 10:00pm ET.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Thursday, September 10th, 2015: **

– Andy Parker, the father of Alison Parker, spoke on Capitol Hill about gun control.

Ever since that deadly shooting, Andy Parker has been advocating for tougher gun laws.

Andy Parker says not enough is being done to protect innocent people.

But, gun enthusiasts say it’s not the guns that are killing people, it’s people who are killing people.

The National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) and other opponents of stronger gun laws argue that these calls for new legislation after a deadly shooting are based on emotion rather than logic.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Friday, September 4th, 2015: **

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** Picture from the Vicki’s Recovery Page: **

– New pictures posted on “Vicki’s Recovery Page” show Vicki Gardner sitting in her hospital bed and surrounded by her immediate family.

Vicki Gardner is seen wearing teal, which is known to be a favorite color of WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker.

** More information about, “Vicki’s Recovery Page” is at the following Facebook website address: **

https://www.facebook.com/GetWellVicki?fref=ts

** As of 10:00am PT on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015: **

– Andy Parker, the father of former WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker, to make announcement at 1:00pm CT in Henry County.

WDBJ Channel 7 is working on plans for a permanent memorial in honor WDBJ Channel 7’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015: **

– Vicki Gardner remains in good condition at a local hospital after being shot last week while doing an interview with WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker.

Vicki Gardner reportedly lost her kidney and part of her colon from injuries sustained the deadly shooting.

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has set up a fundraiser for Vicki Gardner.

The fundraiser is to raise money for what they are calling, “Vicki’s Vision.”

** If you would like to donate to “Vicki’s Vision”, please send your donations to the address below: **

Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

16430 Booker T Washington Highway

Moneta, Virginia 24121

** As of 11:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015: **

– A funeral service for Adam Ward was held at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia.

Mourners, including Adam Ward’s Family and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 employees, packed the First Baptist Church.

A wreath of Virginia Tech orange and deep red flowers was draped over Adam Ward’s closed casket.

Adam Ward graduated Virginia Tech from the school in 2011.

The Reverend Rob Lough told the over 500 people about Adam Ward’s compassion and laughter.

Reverend Rob Lough told several stories about Adam Ward and talked about the funny side of Adam Ward in how he made people laugh.

Reverend Rob Lough spoke about when Adam Ward disrupted the press box at Virginia Tech’s football stadium by cheering after the Hokies scored a touchdown.

Reverend Rob Lough said Adam Ward loved people and said, ” and the people loved Adam Ward.”

Adam Ward’s brother and sister spoke on the family’s behalf.

His brother, Jay Ward, told mourners that while Adam was the little brother, “we always looked up to him.”

Jay Ward says that when they were growing up, dodgeball consisted of putting Adam Ward in the middle of the hallway and hitting him from both sides.

His sister, Sarah Crowder, said that Adam Ward was a good sport, and while his death has been devastating for the family, she says that there have been more laughs than tears about their brother’s memory.

The 90 minute funeral has concluded with the Adam Ward’s family left First Baptist Church ahead of his casket as it was removed from the sanctuary and placed in a hearse for transport to a private burial.

Outside First Baptist Church, 9 police officers on motorcycles and several more in squad cars stood watch well a few dozen onlookers with some holding signs that read “We love WDBJ” and “Love thy neighbor.”

** As of 7:00am PT on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015: **

– Friends and family will say goodbye to Adam Ward as a funeral service being held at First Baptist Church located at 515 3rd St SW in Roanoke, Virginia.

Adam Ward was remembered at a reception at his high school for his infectious personality, youthful enthusiasm and rabid love for alma mater Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The funeral will be in contrast to Monday’s visitation, which resembled a celebration at Salem High School, where Adam Ward graduated in 2007.

Adam Ward’s parents exchanged greetings, hugs and even a few smiles with many of the well over 1,000 mourners, while upbeat music piped softly into the school auditorium.

Visitors obliged with a request by the family to wear colors of Adam Ward’s favorite teams, which are Virginia Tech and Salem High.

Adam Ward played football for the high school’s Spartans on state championship teams in 2004 and 2005.

Members of the current team attended a reception on Monday, August 31st, 2015 in their uniforms.

Photos where seen of Adam Ward inside the halls of the high school as mourners went through the long line.

Adam Ward’s casket was all things Virginia Tech, from which he graduated in 2011 with a degree in communications.

Adam Ward’s body was dressed in a Virginia Tech cap and white shirt, and a large bouquet of Hokie orange and dark red flowers draped over the casket’s lower end.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Monday, August 31st, 2015: **

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

In Martinsville, Virginia, Alison Parker’s friends and family said their final goodbyes with bright lights, brighter colors, lots of laughter, and upbeat music.

The service was an invitation only event and closed to the public, but hundreds of people showed up, from her family, to colleagues, even the Virginia Governor.

They came with somber faces and heavy hearts, but once inside, that didn’t last long.

While those who called Alison Parker friend and family certainly feel the grief of her loss, when they left, there were more smiles than tears.

People shared their memories of Alison Parker; sharing her love of dance and the theatre as well as her vibrant smile and exuberant personality; they couldn’t help but smile and laugh for she made all of them happy.

The smiles came even from her family members, who’ve appeared so torn with grief in news interviews.

There was a lot of hugging and many spent time watching the slide show documenting her life and personality projected onto the walls surrounding them.

Everyone determined to remember Alison Parker for how she lived, who she was, and not how she died.

Earlier, Salem High School opening its doors to the community to commemorate the life of alumnus Adam Ward, who was a graduated from High and Virginia Tech.

A white hearse was parked outside the school’s main entrance Monday afternoon, while law enforcement officers directed traffic and guided visitors.

Members of Salem High’s football team, wearing the team jerseys, were among the first people to enter the school.

Many visitors wore the maroon school colors of Salem High and Virginia Tech.

Salem High School Principal Scott Habeeb was the offensive line coach when Adam Ward played middle school football.

Salem High School Principal Scott Habeeb was also one of his teachers as a high school freshman and was an assistant principal for Adam Ward’s final 3 years at the high school.

Wearing a bright orange Virginia Tech shirt, Salem High School Principal Scott Habeeb told anyone within earshot about Adam Ward’s genuine personality.

The auditorium where Adam Ward’s parents greeted mourners sounded more like a celebration of life than a visitation after a death.

Pop music softly played on the speakers. Adam Ward’s father, Buddy, exchanged long hugs with just about anyone he came in contact with at the stage, where the slow-moving line went past his son’s open casket.

At the entrance to the auditorium, funeral home workers handed visitors keepsake brochures containing photos of Adam Ward and portions of his obituary.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Sunday, August 31st, 2015: **

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KSBW Channel 8: **

– Hundreds came together at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Virginia to say goodbye to our own Alison Parker and Adam Ward in an interfaith memorial service.

Along with their families and co-workers, many of you came out to celebrate their lives.

WDBJ Channel 7 General Manager Jeff Marks spoke at the interfaith memorial service as well as other faith leaders in the community.

WDBJ Channel 7 General Manager Jeff Marks spoke about the need not to let anger rule the public reaction to this loss. Instead, he urged those present to think strategically, find a goal and pursue it.

In his comments, WDBJ Channel 7 General Manager Jeff Marks became clear his strategy is to pursue a better mental health care system.

WDBJ Channel 7 General Manager Jeff Marks thanked the community for its support; from offerings of food, to financial donations to the families and cards and flowers to the station.

“I want to play softball with Adam again. And I want to see Alison dance. And I will in the wonderful memories they gave me, they gave us,” said WDBJ Channel 7 General Manager Jeff Marks.

Musicians from the Roanoke Valley Symphony Orchestra, Scott Williamson of Opera Roanoke, and choirs from Kingdom Life Ministries, and International and Oak Grove Church of the Brethren shared musical selections.

While there were many tears here, there was also lots of laughter as they remembers who Alison and Adam were.

Those gathered here found comfort in the stories of Alison’s continual cheer and Adan’s hijinks at work.

They prayed for peace and sent comfort to the family through poetry and song.

 

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Virginia Tech will continue to honor the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward with a special helmet decal for the season opener against No. 1 Ohio State.

The decal design will feature the number seven, with teal and maroon ribbons to honor both Parker (which was Alison Parker favorite color) and Adam Ward (who was a 2011 Virginia Tech grad).

The official release from the school details the mutliple scholarships that have been set up in their name, including ways to give, and some of the other ways the Hokies have been paying respects over the last week.

Alison Parker’s alma mater, James Madison University, is planning a vigil in her honor next week.

The vigil will take place at 6:45am ET on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at The Quad on the James Madison University campus located at 800 South Main Street in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

James Madison University Officials say it will be a simple affair, and a chance for the James Madison University community to reflect on Alison Parker’s life.

**** Information on the scholarships are posted below at the end of the news story. ****

** Note: All updated information are posted below in the timeline section. **

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** Message from ZachNews: **

Prayers For WDBJ7 We Stand With CBS Affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 Photographer and News Reporter - Thursday, August 27th, 2019

We send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the families and friends of CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker who were shot and killed by a gunman.

We also send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all of the employees at WDBJ Channel 7 for the lost of their news photographer and news reporter.

We will all never forget their hard work they did for community that they served and loved deeply.

This is a tragic loss to us all in the news media and we are all hurting by this attack on innocent lives.

We stand united and together against evil and against the attacks on innocent lives.

We will all deeply missed both Adam Ward and Alison Parker.

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** Timeline of the Deadly Shooting Attack on a CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer and Reporter: **

The deadly shooting attack on a CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer and Reporter begins in Moneta, Virginia on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015.

– At around 6:45am ET on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015:

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker and WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward were sent to do a live news interview with Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner at Bridgewater Plaza.

Bridgewater Plaza is located near Smith Mountain Lake at 16430 Booker T. Washington Highway (Highway 122) in Moneta, Virginia.

WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker began interviewing Vicki Gardner about tourism, development, community growth, and promote the Smith Mountain Lake’s 50th Anniversary well overlooking what appeared to be a miniature golf park and a rock climbing wall near Smith Mountain Lake.

WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward was filming the live news interview for the news as the community tuned in to was the morning news interview as they get ready for their day at work and school.

– At around 6:46am ET:

During the news interview and as viewers watched, the crazed man with a gun in his hand walks up to where the live news interview was being done, and well recording on his own camera, began shooting at the news photographer and news reporter well the crazed gunman filmed his murder attack.

Viewers saw her scream and run, and WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker could be heard saying “Oh my God,” as she fell.

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** Picture from the Virginia State Police and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward fell and the his camera he had been holding on his shoulder captured a fleeting image of the crazed gunman holding a handgun.

– At 6:47am ET:

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning gunshots being fired at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia.

First responders, paramedics, and law enforcement raced to Bridgewater Plaza.

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

Both WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker and WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward were pronounced dead at the scene.

WDBJ Channel 7 President and General Manager Jeffrey Marks confirmed live on WDBJ Channel 7 News that both News Reporter Alison Parker and News Photographer Adam Ward have died in the deadly shooting attack.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/nation/wdbj-confirms-fatal-shooting-of-journalists/34924764

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**** Remembering the Victims of the Deadly Shooting: ****

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

According to CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7, Alison Parker and Adam Ward had a lot in common and worked together every morning,

According to WDBJ Channel 7 President and General Manager Jeffrey Marks, Alison Parker and Adam Ward were the kindest and nicest people at the station.

CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 reports that both Alison Parker and Adam Ward had fallen in love with co-workers.

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– About 24 year old Alison Parker:

Alison Parker was from Roanoke, Virginia.

Alison Parker graduated Martinsville High School.

Alison Parker attended Patrick Henry Community College.

Alison Parker was a Patrick Henry Community College Alumna and 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Ainner.

Alison Parker graduated Patrick Henry Community College in 2009.

Alison Parker attended James Madison University where she majored in Media Arts and Design.

According to Bill Wyatt at James Madison University’s Communications Department, Alison Parker had a bright future, was passionate about journalism, and was a great person to work with.

Alison Parker graduated from James Madison University in December 2012.

According to Andy Parker, the father of Alison Parker, Alison Parker had her first full-time job in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Before working at CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7, Andy Parker worked at Fox affiliate WFXI Channel 8 in Morehead City, North Carolina and at the ABC affiliate WCTI Channel 12 in New Bern, North Carolina.

Alison Parker was the bureau chief for ABC affiliate WCTI Channel 12.

Alison Parker served as a television journalist for CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 in Roanoke, Virginia since 2014.

Alison Parker was smart and ambitious.

According to Andy Parker, the father of Alison Parker, Alison Parker interests ranged from white-water kayaking to ballet.

“She excelled at everything she did,” said Alison Parker’s Father Andy Parker.

Andy Parker says he’s proud of Alison Parker’s ethics as a journalist and watched all of her pieces online.

Andy Parker also says that authorities in Jacksonville, North Carolina would give Andy Parker scoops because she showed herself to be trustworthy.

Andy Parker said the family is “numb” over the loss of Alison Parker.

Earlier, Father Andy Parker released the following statement saying, “Barbara, Drew, and I are numb, devastated and I find my grief unbearable. Alison was our bright, shining light and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun. She excelled at everything she did and was loved by everyone she touched. She loved us dearly, and we talked to her every single day. Not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. Our family can only take solace in the fact that although her life was brief, she was so happy with it. She lived it to the fullest and her spirit will always be with us.”

Andy Parker says he’s been going from shock to not believing to realizing of what happened and has been crying his eyes out.

Alison Parker and Anchor Chris Hurst of the WDBJ Channel 7 Six O’Clock News were dating.

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** Picture and Tweets from Chris Hurst (Twitter Username: @chrishurstwdbj): **

Chris Hurst wrote about Alison Parker to his Twitter account.

“We didn’t share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb.”

“She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.”

“We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday”

“I am comforted by everyone at @WDBJ7. We are a family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee.”

In a video posted at CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 on YouTube by Alison Parker, she talked about some fun facts about her including what trilling thing she has ever done, what are her hobbies, and talks about her family who loves art.

** Video from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 on YouTube: **

 

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– About 27 years old Adam Ward:

Adam Ward was from Roanoke, Virginia and grew up in Salem, Virginia.

Adam Ward attended Salem High School where he played football.

Adam Ward graduated Salem High School in 2007

Adam Ward graduated from Virginia Tech.

Adam Ward was a huge Hokies fan.

Adam Ward was a capable photographer who would go the extra mile to get the job done.

Adam Ward was a sweet person who gave great bear hugs and was always willing to help.

Adam Ward is the youngest child of Mary and Buddy Ward.

Adam Ward began as a sports department intern at WDBJ Channel 7 and later served as a reporter, videographer, and production assistant.

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Adam Ward was engaged to our WDBJ Channel 7 Morning Producer Melissa Ott and they were planning their wedding.

Melissa Ott was celebrating her last day on the job at WDBJ Channel 7 and inside the control room when her fiance Adam Ward was gunned down during the live news interview.

Melissa Ott wrote on her Facebook account, “Today, my entire world was flipped upside down. Starting new adventures with my fiance, new jobs, a new city. Getting married, having a family, buying a home. Thats now taken. Im not ok. And I wont be for a long time. But the enormous outpour of love and support from so many of you near and far is so much appreciated. Adam, I will never find a man so happy, selfless, protective, funny, or charming like you. You were the one. You understood me. My soulmate. I will always love you. Please watch over me and keep me strong. Enjoy the endless tech games in your heaven. I love you so much <3”

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Vicki Gardner was injured in the deadly shooting from a reported gunshot in the chest.

Vicki Gardner was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery for non-life threatening injuries.

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**** About the Survivor of the Deadly Shooting: ****

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** Picture from Virginia’s Blue Ridge (Twitter Username: @visitvbr): **

– As executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, 62 year old Vicki Gardner of Goodview, Virginia is a leading figure promoting business development and recreational attractions at the lake community near Roanoke, Virginia.

Vicki Gardner has been working at Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

According to Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Troy Keaton, Vicki Gardner is an exceptional bright light in this community.

“We stand with her 100% and are praying for her and are thankful that she is in stable condition and is in good hands. We just want her to know, and this community to know, that Vicki has been a champion for us for more than a decade. We’re going to get together as a community and stay together and make it through this,” said Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Troy Keaton.

Later, Troy Keaton says he was at the hospital with Vicki Gardner for several hours after the deadly shooting.

According to Troy Keaton, Vicki Gardner’s husband and one of her children.

According to Vicki Gardner’s husband, the family is remaining strong.

According to Troy Keaton,Vicki Gardner emailed him before 4:30am ET on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 about the live news interview to promote the Smith Mountain Lake’s 50th Anniversary.

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The crazed gunman fled before law enforcement arrived on scene.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police, immediately began a search operation to locate the suspect.

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** Picture from Ananda Rochita (Twitter Username: @AnandaRochita): **

Authorities closed Booker T. Washington Highway (Highway 122) near Bridgewater Plaza.

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** Picture from Dave Wagner (Twitter Username: @DaveWagnerTV): **

Authorities and investigators began to search for evidence around the crime scene as the live WDBJ Channel 7 news truck that was used for the live news interview sat empty and surrounded by yellow crime tape.

Information gathered at the crime scene and in interviews with witnesses shortly afterward by lead investigators to identify the crazed gunman.

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** Picture from the Virginia State Police and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7. **

Virginia State Police identified the crazed gunman as 41 year old Vester Lee Flanagan II, also known as Bryce Williams, of Roanoke, Virginia.

WDBJ Channel 7 President and General Manager Jeffrey A. Marks confirmed that Vester Lee Flanagan II used to work at WDBJ Channel 7, but was dismissed 2 years ago.

– From 6:47am to 8:26am ET:

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Well on the run from authorities, Vester Lee Flanagan II began to post his video of the murder onto social media including Facebook and Twitter, and then began to promote his murder video to his followers.

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The crazed gunman ranted about the the 2 WDBJ Channel 7 employees on his Twitter account, under the name “Bryce Williams” and told his followers that the video of his murder attack he filmed can be seen on Facebook.

Both Facebook and Twitter later removed the video postings from their social media websites.

People who did see Vester Lee Flanagan II’s killing video were in shock, horrified, sad, and outraged at Vester Lee Flanagan II, and even compared Vester Lee Flanagan II’s video to videos that terrorist film when they kill innocent peoples then promoted their killing on social media to promote their cause.

Later, Facebook and Twitter suspended Vester Lee Flanagan II’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

– From 8:26am to 11:00am ET:

Vester Lee Flanagan II faxed to ABC News in New York City, New York a 23 page manifesto about the deadly shooting.

According to ABC News, a fax arrived with a time stamp of “8:26 a.m.” and the writer, “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS”.

ABC News reports that a man using the name “Bryce Williams” called the network in the past few weeks asking to pitch a story and wanting to fax information, but the man never said what the story was.

ABC News immediately contacted authorities and provided them with the 23 page faxed manifesto.

In the 23 page manifesto, Vester Lee Flanagan II was motivated to kill his former co-workers at WDBJ Channel 7 after the recent deadly church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of Wednesday, June 17th, 2015.

The 23 page manifesto says that Vester Lee Flanagan II bought a gun on Friday, June 19th, 2015, just 2 days after authorities say Dylann Roof killed 9 people inside a black church.

Authorities called the deadly church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina a racially motivated hate crime.

The 23 page manifesto also cites the Virginia Tech and Columbine High School killers as influences, praised the Virginia Tech and Columbine High School killers saying he was, “being attacked for being a gay black man”, and said that “Jehovah” spoke to him and told him to act.

According to ABC News, Vester Lee Flanagan II again called and introduced himself as Bryce Williams and that he shot two people this morning.

ABC News also says that while on the phone, Vester Lee Flanagan II said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place,” before he hung up the phone.

– At 9:28am ET (6:28am PT):

Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe tweeted on Twitter, “Heartbroken over senseless murders today in Smith Mountain Lake. State Police on scene working w/ local law agencies to capture suspect.”

– At around 11:00am ET:

The Roanoke City Police Department located Vester Lee Flanagan II’s 2009 Ford Mustang at the Roanoke Regional Airport in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Vester Lee Flanagan II’s 2009 Ford Mustang was recovered as evidence.

Investigators determined that Vester Lee Flanagan II left the Roanoke Regional Airport days earlier in a silver Chevrolet Sonic that he had rented earlier in the month.

– At 11:01am ET (8:01am PT):

The New York Police Department has reportedly stepped up its presence around television stations in New York City, New York as a precaution.

In a statement, New York Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John J. Miller said, “Out of an abundance of caution the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau, Critical Response Vehicles and Hercules Teams have been deployed to television news outlets in New York City. This was ordered following the shooting this morning in Virginia. While there is no indication of any threat to media outlets beyond this incident, we have provided an additional layer of security until we have a fuller understanding of the motive behind the Virginia incident.”

– At 11:30am ET:

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** Picture from NBC PHOTOG ‏(Twitter Username: @bforte22): **

As the investigation continued, Virginia State Police Trooper Pamela M. Neff was on patrol along Interstate 66 and her vehicle’s License Plate Reader (L.P.R.) alerted to the license plate of a silver Sonic traveling east on Interstate 66.

Virginia State Police Trooper Pamela M. Neff followed behind for a short distance as additional troopers responded to assist and then activated her emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop.

The driver of the silver Sonic, identified as Vester Lee Flanagan II, refused to stop and speed away from the trooper.

Minutes later, the silver Sonic ran off into the median of Interstate 66.

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** Picture from NBC PHOTOG ‏(Twitter Username: @bforte22): **

When Virginia State Police Trooper Pamela M. Neff approached the silver Sonic, she found Vester Lee Flanagan II suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Vester Lee Flanagan II was flown from the scene to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.

– At 1:26pm ET:

Vester Lee Flanagan II was pronounced dead.

According to Bill Overton of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Vester Lee Flanagan II died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Vicki Gardner is currently in stable condition recovering from earlier emergency surgery.

– At 10:29am PT):

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** Picture from Terry McAuliffe (Twitter Username: @GovernorVA): **

Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe released a statement regarding the deadly shooting.

– Between 1:29pm and 5:55pm ET:

More information related to Vester Lee Flanagan II began to appear and made public.

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**** Information Regarding Vester Lee Flanagan II: ****

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

– In 2013:

On Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, according to CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7, Vester Lee Flanagan II was fired and was escorted out by authorities from the WDBJ Channel 7 television station.

WDBJ Channel 7 President and General Manager Jeffrey Marks described Vester Lee Flanagan II (Bryce Williams) as “an unhappy man” who was dismissed after he “quickly became known for a reputation for being difficult to work with.”

Jeffrey A. Marks then said that Vester Lee Flanagan II (Bryce Williams) was “looking out for people to say things that he would take offense too.”

Vester Lee Flanagan II alleged that other employees made racially tinged comments to him, but according to WDBJ Channel 7 President and General Manager Jeffrey Marks Vester, his Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.) claim was dismissed and none of his allegations could be corroborated.

On Thursday, August 27th, 2015, more information was released by CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 about Vester Lee Flanagan II and his background when he was working at WDBJ Channel 7.

Vester Lee Flanagan II was employed by WDBJ Channel 7 as a reporter between March 2012 and February 2013.

Vester Lee Flanagan II applied for the position using the air name of Bryce Williams.

As part of WDBJ’s standard protocol, Vester Lee Flanagan II’s background check resulted in positive references.

Vester Lee Flanagan II’s job performance and his interaction with his co-workers led his manager to place Vester Lee Flanagan II on a succession of performance improvement plans.

Only slight improvement on Vester Lee Flanagan II was noted each time.

Vester Lee Flanagan II was placed on a final warning in December 2012 for failure to check his facts in a news story and, generally, for poor news judgment.

In January 2013, Vester Lee Flanagan II accused a photographer of making trouble for him by questioning a decision to go on private property in pursuit of a story.

At that point, Vester Lee Flanagan II raised some concerns with H.R. of perceived unfairness, which were immediately investigated and found to be without merit.

Shortly after that, Vester Lee Flanagan II confronted an anchor who was assigned to review one of his scripts.

At that point, management made the determination that Vester Lee Flanagan II needed to be separated from the company.

On Sunday, February 1st, 2015, 2 news managers and the HR business partner notified Vester Lee Flanagan II of the decision to terminate his employment.

Vester Lee Flanagan II reacted angrily, telling them that they would have to call the police because he was going to “make a stink and it was going to be in the headlines.”

The HR representatives called 911 and employees had been notified to give Vester Lee Flanagan II space to clean out his desk.

At his desk, Vester Lee Flanagan II attempted to reach the corporate CEO, without success.

At that point, law enforcement arrive and escorted Vester Lee Flanagan II from the building.

On the way out, Vester Lee Flanagan II handed a wooden cross to the news director and said, “You’ll need this.”

Vester Lee Flanagan II also made a derogatory comment to Adam Ward as he left.

The only contact between WDBJ Channel 7 and Vester Lee Flanagan II after that were routine calls to H.R. about termination benefits.

Shortly thereafter, Vester Lee Flanagan II filed a complaint of harassment and discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. WDBJ7 responded that his claims of mistreatment were unfounded and the EEOC denied the claim.

Vester Lee Flanagan II later filed a civil action in local court in Roanoke, Virginia, but that action was dismissed.

In 2 1/2 years since Vester Lee Flanagan II’s termination, WDBJ Channel 7 employees reported seeing Vester Lee Flanagan II in public places and there were no confrontations.

Vester Lee Flanagan II was never seen following employees and Vester Lee Flanagan II did not attempt to enter the offices of WDBJ Channel 7.

All claims of mistreatment were investigated by senior management, by the H.R. representative and legal counsel.

All investigations determined that no reasonable person would have taken any of the cited instances as discrimination or harassment.

WDBJ Channel 7 listed Bryce Williams (Vester Lee Flanagan II) as a News Reporter at the WDBJ Channel 7 website on Thursday, January 17th, 2013, but by Friday, February 8th, 2013, Bryce Williams’ (Vester Lee Flanagan II) name no longer appeared on the WDBJ Channel 7 website.

According to WDBJ Channel 7 President and General Manager Jeffrey Marks, Vester Lee Flanagan II remained in the community after being fired.

– In 1999:

A former co-worker of Vester Lee Flanagan II says that he was “off-kilter” and that he thought news anchoring was about “acting.”

Kimberly Moore Wilmoth worked with Vester Lee Flanagan II at a Tallahassee television station.

According to Kimberly Moore Wilmoth, Vester Lee Flanagan II, “didn’t laugh at our jokes or at himself when he would make a mistake.”

Kimberly Moore Wilmoth describes Vester Lee Flanagan II as a loner who didn’t socialize with other reporters.

According to Kimberly Moore Wilmoth, Vester Lee Flanagan II got mad when co-workers made light of on-air mistakes, and recounted a news story in which he filmed an elderly man trapped inside a car during a flood even though the man was calling out for help.

“Instead of helping the man, he used the man as a prop,” said Kimberly Moore Wilmoth.

– In September 2013:

According to UnitedHealthcare Spokesman Matt Burns, Vester Lee Flanagan II started work at the center in Roanoke, Virginia. He worked as a call center employee for more than a year, and left in November 2014.

UnitedHealthcare Spokesman Matt Burns wouldn’t describe Vester Lee Flanagan II in general or say whether he had any problems at the call center.

– In March 2000:

Vester Lee Flanagan II sued a former employer at NBC affiliate WTWC Channel 40 in Tallahassee, Florida over allegations of race discrimination.

The lawsuit claimed that a producer called him a “monkey” in 1999 and that other black employees had been called the same name by other workers.

Vester Lee Flanagan II also claimed that an unnamed white supervisor at the station said black people were lazy because they did not take advantage of scholarships to attend college.

NBC affiliate WTWC Channel 40 generally denied the allegations of discrimination and said that it had legitimate reasons for ending Vester Lee Flanagan II’s employment, including poor performance, misbehavior with regard to co-workers, refusal to follow directions, use of profanity and budgetary reasons.

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– At 2:29pm ET:

A prayer vigil was plan for 7:00pm ET for Vicki Gardner at Bethlehem United Methodist Church located at 13586 Old Moneta Road in Moneta, Virginia.

In a written posting to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Moneta VA on Facebook, “The Bethlehem family extends our prayers to the family and friends of those who were killed this morning in the tragic event at Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta. We pray also for Vicky Gardner, who was injured in the shooting, may she be fully restored.”

– At 3:16pm ET:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest discussed the deadly shooting during a news briefing.

** Video from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-white-house-press-secretary-josh-earnest-talks-about-shooting-of-wdbj7-employees/34931574

– At 5:35pm ET:

Law enforcement personnel and trucks were seen removing items from the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan II.

The large apartment complex is in Roanoke, Virginia and is just a few blocks away from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7.

The large apartment complex is near the highway and has a swimming pool, tennis courts, and fitness center.

– At 7:00pm ET:

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The property outside the studios of CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 in Roanoke, Virginia has turned into a tribute to slain WDBJ Channel 7’s News Reporter Alison Parker and News Photographer Adam Ward.

Dozens of balloons and flower arrangements dotted the property leading to the front door.

Reporters from multiple media outlets gathered for a late afternoon news conference at the station with WDBJ Channel 7 President and General Manager Jeffrey Marks and WDBJ Channel 7 News Director Kelly Zuber.

According to WDBJ Channel 7 News Director Kelly Zuber, the station is setting up scholarships at the alma maters of WDBJ Channel 7’s News Reporter Alison Parker and News Photographer Adam Ward.

According to Marcia Burdick, the Senior Vice President of Broadcasting at CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7’s parent company Schurz Communications of South Bend, Indiana, the National Association of Broadcasters has taken the lead in setting up a fund for the families of WDBJ Channel 7’s News Reporter Alison Parker and News Photographer Adam Ward.

– At 7:55pm ET:

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** Picture from NBC affiliate WRC Channel 4 and NBC News: **

People gathered at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta, Virginia for a prayer vigil for survived Vicki Gardner.

The group of people sang hymns, read Bible verses, and lit candles.

Several people said that Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia is a tranquil community, and noted that Vicki Gardner has been one of the area’s most tireless supporters.

Many people spoke of Vicki Gardner’s cheerful personality and spoke about how her position was the perfect fit for her.

Several people spoke of Vicki Gardner and how she always greeting people with a hug.

– At 8:00pm ET:

United States of America President Barack Obama says the deadly shooting of 2 WDBJ Channel 7 employees is heartbreaking.

– At 8:10pm ET:

According to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Spokesman Thomas Faison, Vester Lee Flanagan II legally purchased the gun.

Thomas Faison wouldn’t say where Vester Lee Flanagan II bought the gun.

– At 9:11pm ET (6:11pm PT):

Amber Bowman, a representative for the family of Vester Lee Flanagan II, read a statement from a home reportedly in Vallejo, California saying, “It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. We are also praying for the recovery of Vicki Gardner. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims’ families and the WBDJ7 NEWS family. Words cannot express the hurt that we feel for the victims. Our family is asking that the media respect our privacy.”

Vester Lee Flanagan II spent his childhood and professional years in California.

– At 10:48pm ET (7:48pm PT):

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** Picture from Dave Wagner (Twitter Username: @DaveWagnerTV): **

The live WDBJ Channel 7 news truck that was used for the live news interview and was around the crime scene was removed from the crime scene by authorities.

– On Thursday, August 27th, 2015:

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office had issued a search warrant for the silver Sonic that Vester Lee Flanagan II rented.

The search warrant has revealed what was inside the silver Sonic and how investigators identified Vester Lee Flanagan II.

According to the search warrant, Vester Lee Flanagan II sent a friend a text message saying he had done something stupid.

The search warrant then listed items in the silver Sonic which includes a glock pistol loaded with a magazine and ammo, 6 glock magazines, 17 stamped letters, notes, a “To-Do” list, and a briefcase.

Inside the briefcase, there were 3 different vehicle license plates, a wig, a shawl, an umbrella, and sunglasses.

The investigation into the deadly shooting continues as Virginia State Police performed a 3-D image of the murder crime scene.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation is far from over.

– At 6:50am ET:

Vicki Gardner, who is the third victim in the deadly shooting and was injured by a gunshot to the chest, has been upgraded from stable condition to good condition.

According to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Vicki Gardner was in stable condition Wednesday night and continues to recover.

– At 4:00pm ET:

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

Bridgewater Plaza has reopened as of 4:00pm ET and the good people at Bridgewater Plaza set up this memorial in memory of WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward and WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker.

– At 9:53pm ET (6:53pm PT):

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

– People are gathered for a candlelight vigil outside the television studio of CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel located at 72807 Hershberger Road in Roanoke, Virginia.

People are heard signing “Amazing Grace” and holding lighted candles.

** From WDBJ on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/wdbj7/videos/10153052937427217/

– On Friday, August 28th, 2015:

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office released new details regarding the deadly shooting. Authorities say the attack was well-planned and pre-meditated. He felt like he could relate to individuals who committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the September 11 attacks.

Authorities say both Alison Parker and Adam Ward each suffered gunshot wounds to the head.

– At 12:00pm ET:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences for the WDBJ Channel 7 news family and the family of Alison Parker and Adam Ward during a live interview on WDBJ Channel 7.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said that this tragic situation has really hit the hearts of people across the nation and the world.

“Our hearts are broken, our souls are crushed,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe tells WDBJ Channel 7 that he was notified about the deadly shooting Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 well on his way to Washington for his monthly call into the governor show. He says his family was recently at Smith Mountain Lake where the deadly shooting happened.

“We were shocked and trying to get the details,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe tells WDBJ Channel 7 that when he learned Alison and Adam were killed, he got into contact with their parents.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also tells WDBJ Channel 7 that he spoke with Tim Gardner, the husband of Vicki Gardner, the interviewee also injured in the shooting.

“Vicki has come through the surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vicki,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe emphasized to the citizens of Virginia that he and his office want to extend their thoughts and sympathies.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe touched on the tragedy at Virginia Tech and how he has been in contact with Alison’s father, Andy Parker, about steps going forward to keep the community safe.

“I want everyone to know I’m going to continue as governor to do everything I possibly can. When you drop your loved one off at school or work, you want to make sure we have done everything in our power to make our community safe and it’s a real responsibility that I take so seriously, and will continue,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

– On Saturday, August 29th, 2015:

Over 100 people gathered at WDBJ Channel 7 for a vigil for Adam Ward and Alison Parker.

People holding candles and turning to God and each other for healing as the community heal from this deadly shooting.

** Video at WDBJ Channel 7: **

http://www.wdbj7.com/video/many-gather-to-sing-pray-after-two-lives-were-taken-too-soon/35000768

– On Sunday, August 31st, 2015:

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** Picture from CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7: **

A memorial service will be at 3:00pm ET inside the Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center located at 541 Luck Ave SW #221 in Roanoke, Virginia.

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** Scholarship Information for WDBJ Channel 7’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward: **

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– James Madison University Scholarship – Alison B. Parker Memorial Fund:

Alison Parker graduated from Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University.

Both Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University have established scholarships in her name.

** You can donate directly to the Alison B. Parker Memorial Fund at the following website addresses: **

https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1591/gid3-Alumni/index.aspx?sid=1591&gid=2&pgid=510&cid=1526&bledit=1&dids=4264

http://www.jmu.edu/?_ga=1.225605405.605386290.1440752354

** Checks for the Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship can be made payable to the James Madison University Foundation at the following mailing address: **

James Madison University Advancement Gifts and Records

Attention: Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship

MSC 3603

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

– Patrick Henry Community College Scholarship – Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship:

Patrick Henry Community College and the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation have established a scholarship in memory of Patrick Henry Community College alumna and 2015 Distinguished Alumni award winner Alison Bailey Parker.

Alison Parker was a 2009 graduate of Patrick Henry Community College with an associate of arts and sciences degree through the Piedmont Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology.

The Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to a Patrick Henry Community College student who enters the Media Design and Production program.

According to Christopher Parker, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, establishing a scholarship in honor of Alison Parker is a way for us to remember her contributions and memory.

“Alison was a great example of what dedication and motivation can do in someone’s life. As a product of PHCC and Martinsville, she made us all proud of her achievements and the way she carried herself through that success in life,” said Christopher Parker.

** More information about the scholarship can also be found at the following Patrick Henry Foundation website addresses: **

http://patrickhenryfoundation.com/graduates.cfm?ID=74

http://patrickhenryfoundation.com/index.cfm

** Cash or checks for the Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship can be made payable to the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation at the following mailing address: **

Patrick Henry Community College Foundation

645 Patriot Avenue

Martinsville, VA 24112

For more information about the scholarship, please call: 1 (276) 656-0250.

– Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association – In Memory of Adam Ward:

The Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association announced this afternoon that a scholarship has been established in memory of Adam Ward, a graduate of Salem High School who was loved and treasured by the Salem community, his peers at WDBJ Channel 7, his family, and his friends.

This endowment, which was established at the request of Adam’s family, will honor his memory by benefitting a graduate of Salem High School, who is headed to Virginia Tech to pursue a career in journalism or photojournalism.

Adam Ward began as a sports department intern at WDBJ Channel 7 and later served as a reporter, videographer, and production assistant.

Adam Ward recently retired father was a lifelong educator at Glenvar and Salem where he served as a coach, teacher and guidance counselor for thousands of students, including Tommy McDonald who is the President at Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association.

“Buddy Ward was one of my all-time favorites because he took such an interest in his students and players, and most importantly, he cared about you as a person. As a teenager, he would instill confidence in me and would always make me feel good about myself,” said Tommy McDonald.

The Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association was founded in 1983 by the late Dr. Richard Fisher.

It has an endowment of $3.2 million and this June handed out 98 scholarships to Salem High School graduates valued at $132,000.

“Adam Ward’s family and Alison Parker’s family are in our thoughts and prayers. All of us at the Salem Educational Foundation are honored that we can establish this scholarship for Adam and forever have something positive come out of this tragic situation,” said Tommy McDonald.

** More information about the scholarship can also be found at the following Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association website addresses: **

http://www.sefandaa.org/new-scholarship-in-memory-of-shs-alumni-adam-ward/

http://www.sefandaa.org/

– Virginia Tech – In Memory of Adam Ward:

Adam Ward graduated from Virginia Tech.

Those who wish to contribute by mail should make checks out to the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc., can send a checks mailed to the following mailing address:

Office of Gift Accounting (0336)

University Gateway Center, Virginia Tech

902 Prices Fork Road

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Please be sure to write: “In memory of Adam Ward” in the memo section.

** Those who wish to give online can do so at the following Virginia Tech website addresses: **

https://webapps.es.vt.edu/givingto/academic/gift

Please be sure to use the “enter your own” designation option to write “In memory of Adam Ward.”

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Breaking News!!: Moneta, VA: CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 Photographer and News Reporter are dead after gunman opened fire during a live report.

ZachNews -- Breaking News!!

Breaking News!!: Moneta, VA: CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 Photographer and News Reporter are dead after gunman opened fire during a live report.

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A gunman opened fire on CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 Photographer Adam Ward and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker during a live report on tourism at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia at around 6:45am ET on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015.

According to the Virginia State Police, “Shortly before 11:30am ET, 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 is being 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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According to the Virginia State Police and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7, the suspected has been identified as Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, who is a former CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7.

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Virginia State Police and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 released this picture of the gunman.

Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce was also injured in the shooting and is reportedly in surgery.

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

Alison Parker just turned 27 years old grew up in Martinsville and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University.

According to a news release from Virginia State Police, the Franklin County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred.

Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe tweeted on Twitter, “Heartbroken over senseless murders today in Smith Mountain Lake. State Police on scene working w/ local law agencies to capture suspect.”

** Message from ZachNews: **

We send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the families and friends of CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Photographer Adam Ward and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7 News Reporter Alison Parker who were shot and killed by a gunman.

We also send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all of the employees at WDBJ Channel 7 for the lost of their news photographer and news reporter.

We will all never forget their hard work they did for community that they served and loved deeply.

This is a tragic loss to us all in the news media and we are all hurting by this attack on innocent lives.

We stand united and together against evil and against the attacks on innocent lives.

We will all deeply missed both Adam Ward and Alison Parker.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

** Pictures from the Virginia State Police and CBS affiliate WDBJ Channel 7. **