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UPDATED: Suspect in TV crew killings has died

© Leesburg Today - 08/26/2015

Eastbound Interstate 66 in Fauquier County remains closed after a man suspected of killing a reporter and cameraman on live television Wednesday morning shot himself while police closed in.

Westbound I-66, which had been closed, reopened about 1:45 p.m. Authorities identified the suspect as Vester Lee Flanagan, according to Fauquier Now.

Reporter Alison Park, 24, and photographer Adam Ward 27, of WDBJ7 were interviewing an economic development official about tourism near Smith Mountain Lake about 6:45 a.m. when a man walked up and opened fire.

Ward and Parker were killed. The woman they were interviewing was shot and is hospitalized. 

Gov. Terry McAuliffe told WTOP on ""Ask the Governor"" Wednesday morning that the gunman is believed to be a disgruntled former employee of the television station.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said a trooper attempted to stop the suspect's vehicle on I-66 eastbound about 11:30 a.m., but the driver sped away.

""Minutes later, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and crashed. The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound. He is being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries,"" Geller said.

Authorities announced at a press conference that the suspected gunman died at Inova Fairfax Hospital about 1:30 p.m.

Stay with InsideNoVa.com for updates.

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