Officials: Suspect in Virginia TV crew shooting dies

Officials confirm that the suspect who opened fire and killed two employees of a local CBS station in Virginia has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was previously reported by multiple outlets that he had died but he had been in critical condition when authorities caught him. 

Officials identified the suspect as Vester Lee Flanagan II who was previously on-air at the station as Bryce Williams. They described him as a disgruntled former employee.

Flanagan is believed to have shot himself after posting video of him shooting WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward. Flanagan's online accounts were suspended shortly after he posted the video.

The shooting happened while Parker and Ward were doing a live shot at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia.

WDBJ7 says that Ward was 27 and Parker had just turned 24. Both were from Virginia and both were romantically involved with other employees at the station.

WDBJ7 anchor Chris Hurst tweeted about his relationship with Parker, saying they had been dating for nine months and "were very much in love" and that they had just moved in together and were hoping to get married.

Ward was engaged to a producer at the station, Melissa Ott, according to a WDBJ spokesperson.

The shooting happened at 6:45 a.m. and was captured on video. It shows Parker conducting an interview when a person appears to approach from behind the camera and starts firing. As the camera falls to the ground a few seconds of what's believed to be the gunman appears briefly on screen.

The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, was also wounded but her condition is not known.

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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