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.
After being confronted on Interstate 66 the shooter shot himself; according to WDBJ News the shooter is still alive.
UPDATE: State police now say man suspected of killing two WDBJ7 employees shot himself, and he is still alive http://t.co/XLx3pS2I5X
— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015
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.