JACKSONVILLE, NC – News station WCTI in Jacksonville, N.C. is in shock this morning after one of its alums, Alison Parker, was shot and killed during a live video shot in a small town in Virginia. Parker and the cameraman, Adam Ward, were covering a tourism story at Smith Mountain Lake outside of Roanoke, Virginia for television station WDBJ-7 at 6:45 a.m. when a gunman approached the live interview and opened fire.
“We here at NewsChannel 12 are very sad to report a former WCTI reporter and her videographer were shot and killed Wednesday morning during a live shot,” Jacksonville station WCTI posted on their webpage. “Our condolences go out to those who knew and loved Alison and Adam.”
The footage that Ward’s camera captured during the attack showed the gunman’s face and police are reportedly close to finding him. According to the station manager in a phone interview on CNN, Ward’s fiancée was a producer of the morning program and was in the control room at the time. He said that today was her last day of work, with plans to start a new job at a news station in Charlotte in the coming weeks.