Reporter and camerman shot dead on live TV

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A pair of US journalists were slain while conducting a live TV interview in Virginia.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot by a man who authorities have described as a "disgruntled employee" who was fired by their TV station, WDJB7.

Footage of the incident showed Miss Parker interviewing her subject for a morning programme when shots rang out, causing both women to flee and scream in terror as Mr Ward and his camera slumped to the floor before the feed cut back to their stunned anchorwoman back in the studio.

A total of eight shots can be heard clearly on the recording.

The suspect, identified as former WDJB7 employee Vester Lee Flanigan whose face could be seen briefly in the recording, later tried to kill himself on a highway.

He is now in critical condition, according to WDJB7.

'Our hearts are broken'

Announcing on air, station general manager Jeffrey Marks said: "Alison and Adam died this morning at 06:45 shortly after the shots rang out. We do not know the motive or who the suspect or the killer is.

"I cannot tell you how much they were loved by the WDBJ7 team... our hearts are broken."

The station reported that the woman who was being interviewed survived the attack and is in surgery.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said: "We believe it was a disgruntled employee who fired at the TV crew. Not a case of terrorism.

"It is a criminal case."

Sources: YouTube (video removed), BBC, WDJB7

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