August 26th, 2015 12:43 EST
Virginia Reporter, Cameraman Murdered on Live TV
"A manhunt was underway in Virginia after two members of a local TV station`s news team were fatally shot Wednesday during a live TV broadcast near Roanoke, Va., WDBJ7-TV said.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told WTOP radio the suspect was a disgruntled WDBJ employee and that authorities expect to have him in custody soon.
The station said the shooting took place at about 6:45 a.m., at Smith Mountain Lake, a resort about 35 miles from Roanoke. Killed were WDBJ7 cameraman Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24. A woman being interviewed on live TV was wounded.
The live broadcast at the time of the shooting showed Parker interviewing someone at a resort when, just off camera, shots rang out and Parker was heard screaming. The recording appears to include a glimpse of the gunman dressed in black."
I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Central Virginia about fifteen years ago, at first I missed the hustle and bustle of the big city, but I have come to appreciate the benefits of living in a small city.
When I turn on the local news and hear about horrible crimes and unimaginable acts of terror in cities like Paris, London and New York City I feel safe and immune from the madness from my vantage point in rural Virginia.
I watch the WDBJ local news every morning, although I usually wakeup around 8:00 a.m., and thus I missed the tragedy unfold live on TV.
The senseless murders of these journalists has driven home the point that even our beautiful and idyllic community isn`t immune from the violence that`s endemic in urban areas.
The local news team is like family, while I`m fortifying myself for another day at work by drinking coffee, they are keeping me abreast of the breaking news in my community, the nation, and the world.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, colleagues and family of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, I feel like I`ve lost a member of my extended family.
I`ll be relieved when the suspect is apprehended and behind bars, but even after he is caught my sense of safety and security in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains may be forever gone.
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