Live TV shooting survivor describes traumatic ordeal

Flanagan, a disgruntled former WDBJ reporter, opened fire on Parker, Ward and an official from a Roanoke area chamber of commerce they were interviewing around 6:45 am on Wednesday during a morning TV broadcast.


Investigators said Flanagan fired 17 shots from a Glock pistol.

He described himself as a “human powder keg, ” that was “just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”

A spokesperson for the Franklin County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation into this week’s shooting, on Friday did not return the Washington Blade’s request for comment.

The gunman who killed two Virginia television journalists on air carried out a well-planned assault and identified with mass murderers and the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, authorities said on Friday.

Mrs Gardner recalls standing up after the shooter left, despite being shot in the back.

Meanwhile. the husband of the surviving victim in the on-air attack says his wife was shot in the back as she dove away from the gunman.

Zuber, who joined the station 5 months after Flanagan had been fired, said “out of an abundance of caution” she did not send crews on liveshots yesterday or today.

The visitor center was scheduled to reopen Saturday.

On the day he was sacked, Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into Dennison’s hand and said, “You’ll need this”, as two police officers escorted him out.

Flanagan, who shot himself after he was cornered, was fired from the WDBJ7 news channel in 2013 after accusing Miss Parker of racism and rowing with Mr Ward.

In fact, Flanagan took offense to a station manager who brought in a watermelon for all of the station employees, and Flanagan believed the gesture was a reference to his race.

“She did not really know what he was upset about, specifically”. She was dating Chris Hurst, an anchor at the station and had just moved in with him.


That’s what Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said to reporters in front of the WDBJ building in Roanoke, Va. The 50 or so workers have been described as a close-knit group, and they have continued reporting on their slain colleagues in the face of the tragedy. “This has created a mission for me, and the good that will come of this is that hopefully…we will be able to enact and effect sensible gun control legislation”, Alison’s father Andy Parker said in an interview with WDBJ7. He criticized the National Rifle Association earlier this year on the eighth anniversary of the shooting for working to block state and federal efforts to adopt more strict gun-purchasing background checks, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

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