Reporter Shot live on Air: Killer Live Tweets Killing

A former WDBJ reporter shot another reporter and photographer on live television this morning. The shooter then started live tweeting what he did and posting graphic videos of the shooting to his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Screenshot of Tweets

After being confronted on Interstate 66 the shooter shot himself; according to WDBJ News the shooter is still alive.

In the video, the shooter walks right up to the reporter, interviewee and camera man and points a gun at them. The three don’t appear to notice the shooter, or the gun being pointed at them. He stands there pointing the gun at them, for what seems like forever, taking time to film what he’s doing before firing. Several shots are then fired, first at reporter Alison Parker, who screams and runs as the video ends.

It’s probably one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen in my life, and I debated even doing a post about this. The only reason I am even covering this story is because it highlights what we talk about on here all the time: the need to be vigilant and situationally aware at all times – especially in this sick world we now live in.

The fact that someone would do this on live T.V., film himself on his cellphone while committing these murders, and then live tweet the whole sickening thing is beyond comprehension. It shows how far we have fallen, and how sick this world has become.

Our prayers go out to the families and everyone involved.


  1. Chris
    August 26, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    First, it was a GoPro camera not a cell phone and secondly he went to go shoot the reported but the camera man panned away from the interview to shoot the mall. So the guy stepped back and waited for the camera to pan back to the reporter so her murder would be broadcast live not just the audio. He wanted this to be on camera.

  2. retnavybrat
    August 31, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I believe it was a reporter on CNN who mentioned that the reason the reporter and cameraman didn’t notice the shooter approaching was that, in general, TV field reporters are trained **not** to pay attention to people around them so it doesn’t distract them from their work. How much do you want to bet that TV stations will be seriosuly re-thinking that protocol?

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      Off Grid Survival
      August 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      As horrific and sad as it was to see that, it should serve as a lesson for those who go through life with their heads buried in a phone or electronic device. Situational Awareness is the key to staying safe.

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