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2 WDBJ journalists shot, killed in Virginia




A figure, possibly the suspect, is shown during a live news broadcast from Virginia station WDBJ7 as shots are fired on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The reporter and photographer were killed.
A figure, possibly the suspect, is shown during a live news broadcast from Virginia station WDBJ7 as shots are fired on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The reporter and photographer were killed.
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Two journalists were shot and killed on live television Wednesday morning in Virginia.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were mid-interview on WDBJ7 when shots were fired. Vester Lee Flanagan II, also known as Bryce Williams, is the suspected gunman.

The alleged gunman filmed the event and immediately posted footage of the attack to Twitter and Facebook. Libby Casey a Washington D.C. correspondent for Al Jazeera America covering the shooting says news and social media organizations are having to make decisions about what is right and respectful to show on air. 

"This really brings us into a new social media moment of not just seeing fun and interesting things on social media but also people exploiting tragedy as well," Casey said. 

The alleged gunman Vester Lee Flanagan, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.