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Gunman who killed reporter, photojournalist on live TV dies

(Courtesy of WDBJ-TV7 via AP). This screenshot from WDBJ-TV7, in Roanoke, Va., shows reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were killed, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, when a gunman opened fire during a live on-air interview. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV7 via AP). This screenshot from WDBJ-TV7, in Roanoke, Va., shows reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were killed, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, when a gunman opened fire during a live on-air interview.
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(KLTV/AP/RNN) - A TV news reporter and photographer were shot to death on live television in Virginia Wednesday morning by a man who was a former colleague of the reporters.

In a press conference, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the man died at the hospital. The Associated Press reports he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

On video obtained on YouTube, you can see reporter Alison Parker interviewing an economic development official as the shots rang out. She screamed, ran, and could be heard saying "Oh my God," as she fell.

WDBJ quickly switched back to a shot of the anchor back at the station, who said "OK, not sure what happened there. We will of course let you know as soon as we find out what those sounds were from."

Both Parker and photographer Adam Ward were pronounced dead at the scene after the gunman fired about 15 shots. Their interview subject, Vicki Gardner, was listed as stable later Wednesday after surgery for her wounds..

The AP reports the shooter was identified by Virginia authorities as Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, who went by Bryce Williams as an on-air name. 

The man believed to be the suspect later crashed a vehicle, and authorities found him suffering from a gunshot wound. Initial reports said the man was dead, but authorities later retracted that statement and said the man was in critical condition. Around 1 p.m. CST, authorities said the man died at the hospital.

Virginia authorities said that Flanagan was a former employee of WDBJ, who was fired in 2013, according to CNN. 

Before he was apprehended by police, the suspect appeared to be posting messages on his Twitter account, including a horrifying video of the shooting. Twitter quickly suspended the account. Among those tweets Flanagan claimed that Parker had made racist comments to him, and that Ward had complained to human resources about him.

ABC News received a fax sometime early Wednesday morning from Bryce Williams - the on-air name of Flanagan. The document is 23 pages long, CNN reported. ABC has given the document to police, it reported via Twitter.

Court records indicate Flanagan filed a lawsuit against WDBJ in March 2014. One of the victims of the shooting, Ward, was served a subpoena as a witness in the case, which was ultimately dismissed.

In 2000, he filed a discrimination lawsuit against another employers, WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, FL. That case was closed in 2001. 

WDBJ is based in Roanoke, Virginia, and serves the southwest and central part of the state. The shopping mall where the incident happened is just off Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, about 25 miles southeast of Roanoke.

Copyright 2015 KLTV. All rights reserved. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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