US TV journalists shot dead on air

VIRGINIA - Two US journalists have been shot dead during a live TV report in the state of Virginia, their employer has confirmed.

WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed during an interview in Moneta, Bedford County, the TV station said.

During the live broadcast, shots and the reporter's screams could be heard, and the camera fell to the ground.

Police say they are investigating the incident and still searching for the suspect.

An unconfirmed report says he is being chased north on the Interstate 81 highway.

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."

The attack took place at a large shopping centre, Bridgewater Plaza, near Smith Mountain Lake.

Ms Parker was starting an interview about tourism at the shopping centre when suddenly eight shots rang out, the camera spun and dropped to the ground, and her screams could be heard.

The footage captures what appears to be a fleeting image of the gunman, who is wearing black trousers and a blue top - and holding a handgun.

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