Alison was interviewing Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was shot in the back during the and is in surgery, authorities have confirmed. The shooter reportedly fired six or seven shots before fleeing the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the ATF and FBI are all participating in the investigation, while schools in the area schools are now lockdown.
The shooter is seen on the video briefly, and is still being pursued by authorities.
“We do not know the motive. We do not know who the killer is,” the stations general manager, Jeff Marks said during the live coverage of the shooting. “We do know the Franklin County sheriff … they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists.” Authorities would name Vester as a suspect, after he allegedly posted two videos that showed him killing Adam and Alison.
Alison Parker’s boyfriend, who also works at the station, has spoken out on Twitter in a series of heartbreaking tweets that read: “We didn’t share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb. We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday. We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday. She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.”
Adam was engaged to Melissa Ott, another employee of the station who was in the control room when she shooting happened and saw it happen. She had jsut got a new job and the two were planning to move to Charlotte, NC together.
Our thoughts are with all the victims’ families and friends at this time.
— Emily Longeretta