VALLEJO (KRON) — The family of Vester Flanagan has issued a statement on the shooting:
Dear News WDBJ7,
It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we express our deepest condolenses to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. We are also praying for the recovery of Vicki Gardner. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims’ families and the WBDJ7 NEWS family. Words cannot express the hurt that we feel for the victtims. Our family is asking that the media respect our privacy.
Police say that Flanagan, 41, walked up to a WDBJ-TV news crew during an interview Wednesday morning and fired several shots at his former colleagues killing reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photojournalist Adam Ward, 27, live on-air. A third victim, the woman Parker was interviewing, was also struck but survived and is in stable condition.