Viriginia reporter, photographer murdered during live news interview

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A screenshot of the suspect. (WDBJ)

MONETA, Va. – A reporter and photographer from a local news station in Roanoke were shot and killed during a live news interview on Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia. WDBJ confirmed the deaths on Wednesday.

During a live interview at Bridgewater Plaza, approximately eight gunshots are heard as a reporter is seen interviewing someone on-screen. The camera then drops to the ground and the broadcast cuts back to the anchor desk.

The video captures an image of the what’s believed to be the suspected shooter before it cuts away. WDBJ tweeted out that they are trying to figure out what happened and that law enforcement is on scene.

Authorities from Bedford County, Franklin County, and Virginia State Police have responded.

This situation is currently ongoing and we will post updates as soon as they become available.


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