The news has become a very depressing vessel of seemingly endless tragedies, disasters and world issues and on Wednesday, August 26, that could not have been any more true when two journalists for WDBJ7 were killed in a shocking and disturbing on-air attack. News anchor Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were doing a live newscast at a local tourist attraction in Moneta, Virgina when they were shot and killed while filming. The alleged shooter was identified as a “disgruntled former employee” of the station and had posted videos of the shooting online via Twitter. After the first shots, Ward’s camera fell to the ground and briefly caught the shooter on camera leading to a police man hunt in which he was reportedly found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Here are 10 things we know about the victims of this shocking and senseless crime, Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
10. This first item isn’t necessarily something to know about Alison or Adam, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. While Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot dead, there was a third shooting victim, Vicki Gardner. Gardner is the executive director at Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and was being interviewed by Parker at the time of the shooting. She was shot in the back but survived and is currently in the hospital undergoing surgery.