SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - Sheriff Bill Overton says the shooting suspect, Vester Flannigan, known as Bryce Williams on-air, died around 1:30 p.m. today from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Carilion has confirmed to Cable 12 that Vicki Gardner, SML Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, is recovering from surgery and is in stable condition after being shot on-air.
The alleged shooter, Vester Flannigan, described as a disgruntled former employee, had worked on-air under the name Bryce Williams.
State Police say Flannigan shot himself after being confronted on I-66 in Fauquier County, but has a pulse.
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - WDBJ has just confirmed on-air that reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were fatally shot during the station's morning show, WDBJ 7 Mornin'.
The shooting occured at 6:45 a.m. during a live segment with SML Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner.
Route 122 is closed in both directions.
A screengrab of the video shows the man holding a gun.
Cable 12 is working the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at WDBJ 7 and at the SML Chamber.
WDBJ was covering the lake's upcoming 50th anniversary.
Vicki Gardner had just sent Cable 12 a press release at 6:29 a.m., 16 minutes before the shooting.
Below is the press release sent by Vicki at 6:29 a.m., minutes before the shooting.
You are invited to attend a special 50th Anniversary of SML business persons meeting TODAY at 3pm at the YMCA (LakeWatch). Come out to share ideas on how to participate in the 2016 celebration of our area.
And if you are reading this message early in the morning, tune in to WDBJ 7 as we are doing a three segment live broadcast on the 50th Anniversary of SML ( and ) and meeting to be held this afternoon at 3.
Give a call if you have any questions on today's meeting.
Hope to see you there!