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Virginia News Reporter Shot And Killed During Live Broadcast In Virginia (Warning Graphic Video) Twenty-four-year-old WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live-TV broadcast at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia on Wednesday morning. Police quickly began searching for a suspect, former WDBJ7 reporter Vester Lee Flanagan, known professionally as Bryce Williams. Forty-one-year-old Flanagan shot himself after a police officer approached him on I-66 in Fauquier County in northern Virginia. He was transported to a hospital, and pronounced dead around 1:30 p.m., Sheriff Bill Overton announced at a press conference on the incident Wednesday afternoon. Vester Flanigan, who is also known as Bryce Williams. He is a former WDBJ7 employee.