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Virginia Shooting Suspect Bryce Williams Shoots Himself, According To Reports

26/08/2015 16:46 BST | Updated 26/08/2015 17:59 BST

UPDATE: An earlier version based on local media reports incorrectly said the suspect had died.

The man suspected of shooting dead two members of a news crew live on air in Virginia has shot himself and is in a critical condition, according to reports.

He has been named as Vester L. Flanagan also known as Bryce Williams, a former employee at the same news station.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were conducting an interview in Moneta, Virginia when the gunman fired what appeared to be a handgun at close range.

Video taken by Ward as he fell to the ground caught the screams and panic of the crew and interviewee as well as a fleeting shot of the shooter's face.

After a chase Williams is reported to have shot himself when confronted by police and is now in hospital in a critical condition.

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Allison Parker was interviewing a woman at the Plaza

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Gunfire erupted suddenly, leaving the reporter no time to react

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The shooter was captured on film before the report cut back to the studio

Horrific footage

Virginia Shooting of Alison Parker and Adam Ward