Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were in the middle of a live news broadcast when a gunman fatally shot them in Virginia on Wednesday morning

The WDBJ7 news team was at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake, a reservoir community about 50 miles southeast of Roanoke. Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the SML Chamber of Commerce, when a half dozen shots broke out. Gardner was shot in the back and is currently in surgery.

Parker was 24; Ward was 27.

We love you, Alison and Adampic.twitter.com/hLSzQi06XE

— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015

Alison Parker

Parker grew up in the area and is a former WDBJ7 intern. The James Madison University graduate previously worked at WCTI NewsChannel 12 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, according to a bio on the station’s website Read more…

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