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WDBJ-TV reporter and cameraman shot dead while on air

A TV news reporter and news cameraman for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke were shot dead on live TV on Wednesday morning.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and new cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were both killed, according to report on WDBJ-TV.

The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning during a live broadcast from a local shopping center.

The suspect, Vester Lee Flanagan who went by the name Bryce Williams on-air, opened fire on Parker and Ward. He was a former employee who was let go by the station.

Video circulating online of the live broadcast shows Parker interviewing a woman when suddenly several shots are fired, Parker screams and the camera tilts to the side before the broadcast shifts back to a shocked anchor in the studio.

The station, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. owned by Schurz Communications, was fined the maximum penalty of $325,000 for airing graphic sexual images as part of a news story during its 6 p.m. newscast.   The station is fighting the fine. The Schurz Communications-owned station filed an appeal detailing why the FCC was out-of-bounds levying a fine against what it called a fleeting, three-second-long, inadvertent clip in the evening news.