VIGIL: Alison Parker and Adam Ward remembered

30 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Surviving victim of on-air shooting lost a kidney.

How much, if any, of the shocking sights and sounds should newsrooms report when two people are murdered on live television and the video whips around the world on the Web?The chamber of commerce official who was answering questions about her community on live TV in Virginia on Wednesday when gunfire erupted has said she never saw the gunman walk up to the group.The gunman who shot dead two American television journalists during a live broadcast identified with mass murderers and the 9/11 attackers, according to police investigating what turned a disgruntled former employee into a murderer.

The woman who survived an on-air shooting that killed two Virginia journalists Wednesday faced life-threatening injuries, losing her right kidney and part of her colon, her family announced Friday. He used a body camera to film the attack and uploaded video to social media along with furious comments about his former colleagues at WDBJ TV in Roanoke, Virginia. In a statement, it added that a manifesto faxed to ABC News, writings found in his apartment and letters seized from his rental car gave no insight into his final intentions. “Based on careful scrutiny of those writings and evidence seized from his apartment, it is apparent that Flanagan closely identified with individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US,” it said. The gunman, Vester Flanagan, ambushed WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker during the interview at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center. Gardner was rushed to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she underwent surgery for “immediate life-threatening injuries” sustained when the gunman shot her once in the back, the family statement said.

His first four shots were aimed at Parker and two more were aimed at Ward, Gardner’s husband Tim said on Friday in a telephone interview from the hospital where his wife is recovering. Gardner had a second surgery Thursday to further repair damage done by the bullet. “Vicki has shown her amazing strength in many ways over the years, and this week’s incident again revealed that strength and her determination.

After being injured and having witnessed the murders of Alison and Adam, she walked herself to the ambulance and called her husband to let him know what had happened,” the statement said. Seeing or hearing disturbing events could leave them too shaken to follow the rest of a story.” Videos of the murders — one from the camera Ward was using and another taken by the killer that he posted on social media — were not put on How, then, did NPR decide to broadcast — once — the sounds of the shots that killed Parker and Ward, with screams that could be heard in the background? A former reporter at WDBJ, he was fired from the station in 2013 for poor performance and conflicts with co-workers, who said he was always claiming to be the victim. Parker’s boyfriend, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, said Parker went on an assignment with Flanagan when she was an intern and innocently remarked that her friend lived on “Cotton Hill Road”.

The 50 or so workers have been described as a close-knit group, and they have continued reporting on their colleagues in the face of the tragedy. “There are too many guns in America and there are clearly too many guns in the wrong hands,” the governor said. Parker’s boyfriend, not yet ready to take a stance on gun laws because he is a journalist, instead remembered the couple’s whitewater kayaking trip just one week ago. “We went past a special place on the river where she turned to me and she said: ‘Chris, this is where I want to get married.

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