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that does it for us. we'll see you again at 11:00. special edition of cnn with don lemon starts now. it is 9:00 p.m. on the east coast. this is cnn tonight. i'm don lemon. chris cuomo you see him there. leading our coverage tonight from virginia where a community is mourning two young journalists from wdbj. executed on live tv in the middle of a report this morning. 6:45 a.m., reporter alison parker and cameraman adam ward are in the middle of kind of live shot that reporters all across this country do every single day with no reason to suspect the slightest hint of danger. they don't notice the gunman as he approaches.
shots ring out. ward falls. the woman being interviewed vicki gardner is shot in the back and in is stable condition. parker tries to run away screaming but is shot dead. the gunman fleece. chris? >> reporter: don, here's what happens next. while on the run the murderer his name is out there, no reason to echo it but he tweets about his execution and innocent victims. alison made racist comments and adam went to hr to me. cnn is unable to confirm if either claim is true. the admission that adds a new dimension. he tweets quote i filmed the shooting see facebook. we won't show what this man so desperately wanted people to see. abc news report it receives a 23 page faxed manifesto from the murderer almost two hours after the shootings. they say he also calls around 10:00 a.m.
in that manifesto it's just a patch work of disjointed rationales pointing to the charleston church shooting. why did i do it? i put down a deposit on 6-19-15. the church shooting in charleston happened on 6-17-15. two glok nine millimeters were purchased about him. as for daniel roof deleted you bring it you white deleted. the madness ends. just before 11:30 a.m. virginia state police spot the silver mustang on interstate 66. this time the murderer avoid a real gunfight speeding away before running off the road and crashing. troopers fine him inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. he later dies at the hospital at 1:26 p.m. i want to bring in jeffrey marks the general manager of wdbj.
mr. marks, i've been with you all day. i'm sorry to have to be with you under these circumstances. let's start on something that must do something to help warm your heart back up. this community. it came out. it refers to you and your colleagues as their news family. they gave warm regards to the work that these two young journalists did even if they weren't here long enough they certainly made their impression. how are you all handling it tonight? >> we're gratified. we know we have followers. we have viewers. we have users online. and they just come out in droves. both online and on the phone and in person with memorials, with wreaths, with flowers. sure that makes us feel absolutely wonderful. in a time when we're also feeling absolutely horrible. >> how are you making sense why they were targeted. >> i can't. if you okay you're a better journalist than i ever was.
the accusations of rambling, whatever you want to call it, don't make a lot of sense. alison could not possibly have been the kind of person ever as an intern in our newsroom to make a racial -- racially insensitive comment and there was a string of accusations like this. none of which had any merit whatsoever and they were all dismissed by the government authority he appealed to after his termination. so they are just rambling idiocies. two people are dead and we have to live with that. because these were loved people. we always glorify people in their passing. these people were really deserving of it. they were good folks to work with. >> they made a lot of their lives we heard that sentiment from alison's father, she lived
her life to the fullest. you had history with this man. he worked here. he left under ugly circumstances. he said threatening things. in the aftermath did you ever imagine he would return in this way? >> well, of course not. >> no sign? >> not really. he follow ad legal course to challenge us on these spurious claims but he was hanging around town. occasionally our people would see him. there was never a threatening conversation. even though he pursued us in this legal action that's way life is. we didn't bear him any ill will and didn't get a sense of that in two years. you know, just -- it's unfathomable. >> while he was here what was wrong with him that led to his dismissal that he never portend this kind of circumstance. >> we have people that have
tempers or are are a arguemen. doesn't lead to violent behavior. he also wasn't cutting it as a reporter. we want the best people we can get for that job. so the combination of things did him in. but in terms as an employee, we lost numerous employees over the years for misbehavior or for just not living up to expectations. >> you know now something was boiling in this man's brain and soul such as it was. >> ah-ha. >> this is no random place. this is 50 minutes or so away from here. you got to go up tlils. you have to fine it. you want to be there. for him to thereabout when he was, what are the guesses as to how he knew they would thereabout. do you think he was watching early center >> i don't think we'll ever know. we don't make a secret of where we'll be doing live reports on wdbj 7 morning. >> he could have found out the
way every other viewer did. >> very likely. we may rethink how we publicize these things but that's in the future. we got to get through tonight and tomorrow and move on. >> how do you? how do you move past the moment of seeing this happen on live television and having to deal with the immediacy not only as a news organization but as a family? how do you do that >> we started the day with a prayer gathering or a memorial gathering midday when we just got almost all of our employees together. we did a little praying. people joined in the lord's prayer and 23rd psalm and "amazing grace." people shared their anecdotes and losses and good memories and that was a start to have that kind of facilitated gathering. i'm not going to ask anybody to stop grieving. grieving is a process we have to
work through. but these folks showed their professionalism today by pushing the news out and getting as much as they could of the stories to the public. and we were so gratified by the support of the community, by the support of our fellow journalists in this community and around the world. i heard from all continents today. >> whether because it's family lat -- familiarity, the media is here to comfort as much to distribute the information. these days everything is known so quickly. the facts come. the feeling that's there. nothing will ever be the same. what do you take as hope going forward? >> you know, as reporters we get accused of going into people's houses and exploiting them when they had a loss. as you know, most of the time we get invited in because people want to talk about it. chris hearst whose girlfriend
was alison was so elow kwents in a number of interviews what she meant, what adam meant to us. >> showing their personal pictures that he got for their sixth anniversary. so heart rendering but at the same time did stoch let people know who was lost. >> people want to talk. i've seen many of my people out here. anybody who wants to talk can talk to anybody in the media. >> how is melissa ott doing >> she's resting at home. fellow employees have looked after her. and i don't know anything more than that. >> how are you doing? you were a mentor to these two young people. you saw alison come up through your own newsroom. >> sure. i have been in this business a long time. worst day of my career. what can i say. i haven't had time to cry. i probably will later. but i've been touched by all the people who reached out to me. but i didn't know them as well as many folks in the newsroom.
i knew them. i loved them. but everybody at wdbj is affected. >> they are calling it a news family now. the community has its arms around you certainly like never before. you know we're here to help and that's part of guesting out the facts and hopefully finding a way forward. mr. marks thank you. we'll wish the best and leapt us know how to help. >> do the news. >> we will. >> that's exactly what alison and adam would have wanted. i've been watching marks all day. he's handled himself with grace and dignity as well as the rest of the staff. i want to bring in alison carlson. she worked with the shooter in greenville, north carolina. allyssa thank you. how are you doing tonight? >> it's been a tough day, don. i want really has. >> i can only imagine. you worked with vester, greenville, north carolina ten years ago. what was it like? what was he like?
>> you know, what's interesting is that the events that played out today are not characteristic of the vester flanagan that i knew nor any of my co-workers that i have been in touch with today. it's just heart wraenching to hear what happened and i feel for the victims. this was not the guy i knew. >> what do you think happened then, because you're saying it's not the guy you knew. was he ever trouble? did he seem troubled? if he didn't, what happen? >> you know, it's tough to say. i have not been in touch with him in a few years. but i had given him a referral, actually for a job here at kget and that was as recent as five or six years ago when his resume went across our news director's desk. this is someone i would put my name on and maybe potentially for a job. and what happens? anyone wants to know. maybe he snapped. it wasn't the type of person you would look at and say some day he's going pop.
that's not the vester i thought he was. >> never any signs at all. >> no. he did have some nervousness to him. i will say that. he would sweat when he would do the weekend anchoring and i was the weekend weather caster but we worked closely. i just thought it was nervousness. maybe and he was little insecure. overall a nice guy. he a lot of friends. everybody that i worked with at that station said wow, vester flanagan, are you serious? i can't believe this happened. >> do you have any idea why he was fired from wnct? >> well, it was a temperament issue. i was in touch with my former news director there. he made a series of mistakes. on air performance in terms of delivery, his look was fine. more of factual mistakes and we were the number one station, we couldn't take chances like that
so ultimately it did lead to him being fired. >> he has said that, you know, there were some racial issues at the station and also at other stations as well. he even filed suits. did you ever witness anyone treat him that way? did you see anything like that? >> no, i didn't. and, in fact, that was "news to me". i actually reached out to a couple of the former workers that i was telling you about. one was in tallahassee because it was my understanding he left tallahassee because that news department was shuttered. later i'm now finding out there was a lawsuit. he had sued that station. i talked to an employee at that station today and he said he never heard anything about any sort of racial remarks or anything like that and didn't see him being that way. so that was "news to me". that was surprising. he was such -- he was the life of the party i'm told at that station in tallahassee.
so what happens, i don't know. that's the first that i heard much any problems in tallahassee or leading up to his employment in greenville. i thought maybe that after greenville maybe things had taken a turn and maybe over the past ten years he had had some issues or maybe mentally or maybe he just did snap one day. it's hard for me to tell. but all i can say at that point when i worked with him, we went out after the newscast at times. we went to the gym together. i never would have believed this. >> sometimes you never figure out exactly what happened. thank you very much. appreciate your time. >> thanks, don. >> you know, alison parker's father put out a statement tonight and here's what he said. barbara, drew and i are numb, devastated and i find my grief unbearable. alison was our bright, shining
light and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun. she excelled at everything. she did and was loved by everyone she touched. she loved us dearly and we talked to her every single day. not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. our family can only take so lays in the fact that although her life was brief, she was so happy with it. she lived it to the fullest and her spirit will always be with us. the family of vester flanagan also gave a statement. >> with heavy hearts and deep sadness we express our keepest condolences 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 with wdbj television station family. >> difficult for them as well, don, to be sure.
they will have questions coming their way what they knew and were there markers of this madness and was there something that could have been done. the story of that man is emerging with details at every moment. we'll take a break now and come back with more live from virginia because we have a man with us with a very frightening run in with this murderer just a few weeks ago and it was all caught on camera and will shed light on exactly what we were dealing with. permission to part wherever you please. hey. that's that new gear feeling. this week, these folders just one cent. office depot officemax. gear up for school. gear up for great.
we're back now with breaking news. a gunman executes two journalists here in virginia. a picture of rage and instability emerging and now video of a road rage incident just last month. the gunman follows another driver after being called out for allegedly driving recklessly. that driver records part of the encounter. take a look. >> you're still [ bleep ] >> okay. are you finished >> i've been finished.
you followed me here. [ bleep ] >> thanks. talk to the mirror. >> excuse me? >> jesus christ. call a guy out for driving like a [ bleep ] loses his mind. >> brandon foster joins me now. how are you doing >> okay. >> i know this got you a little shaken because you realize more who you were dealing with that day, right >> yeah. >> how are you handseling it? >> it's tough to realize i came toe to toe with him. i want to offer my condolences to the families involved. >> that's what motivated you to put the video out. you said you have a great mind for remembering faces. you put it up there to help people understand exactly how dark this man was in terms of what was in his heart and head. this happened right over here, right? >> right here. >> so he was hanging out around the news station. somewhat of a central location. what happens at this stoplight that made you talk to him.
>> it was before the stoplight. it was raining. he was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour. basically crossing a three lane highway. ultimately brake checked somebody who slowed him down and sped up again. he was at the left turn light here and i ended up in the straight lane beside him. he was leaving. i told him he was driving like an inaccurate ass hole. he was eating chicken nuggets and put it down and picked up his cell phone. he was egging me on. when my light turned green he followed me out boxed me in on the second lane, shut down this road here and i had to get out in front of him when he checked his shoulder when somebody honked the horn and he followed me to the store. >> he's fouling. you're a big guy. can you handle yourself. what's going through your mind when you get to the parking lot and see him get out?
>> a lot of things. i parked in a way i wouldn't be blocked in and got in my vehicle quickly so i wouldn't be in a cage with somebody that's aggressively following me and i was making a bee line to the store to have other people around. he was obviously not in the right mind. >> the video we have to edit around it. what was basically the idea of the confrontation? did you think he was going to come at you or happy to film few? >> when somebody stops their car and gets out and doesn't park and seemed like he was on the border of confronting me and ultimately my personal safety wasn't a concern in my mind at the moment, it was just about getting in to the store, once he started saying i got the back of it i sort of knew he was acting cowardly is what i called it before. even more confirmed now. >> how so? >> he got out of his vehicle. he a lot to say but didn't do a
lot. seemed like a waste of time for me. the aggression, the conversation was over well before that video took place. >> and he's sitting there recording it as you are. how does it ♪ >> it ends me going into the store. as far as i know left shortly thereafter. >> so, you were little unsettled by it. tell me about this sticky note. >> i was driving my fiancee's car. she has a very identifiable license plate. i wrote a note in case she started noticing she was getting bullied. this guy seemed unhinged. it stuck in my mine. >> unusual thing to do. unusual to be followed like that. that ever therapeutic before? >> no. >> today you hear about what's happening here in your home town. what puts the two together for you? >> it's just, i wonder is it preventable. i have moments. i wonder if things were preventable back in the
sportsman warehouse parking lot. you have other things running through your mind. your family is concerned knowing you were so close to somebody capable of that. >> as soon as you saw his face you knew it was the same guy. >> i had a facebook message and first images i saw were of the two reporter and as soon as i saw his face i knew. >> i heard you talking about this today. i know you're upset. you realize that this is not about something you did or did not do in that parking lot. >> i realize that. >> this is what this man decided to do with his life and decided what to take from other people. not about what you didn't do with him in that parking lot. that's not your responsibility. >> i appreciate that >> you're okay. you live your life. those who lost have to figure out how to live theirs as well. don't bear any of this. thank you for telling us the story. don, back to you. >> was race the cause of the shocking killings in virginia? talk about that next.
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we're learning tonight that the gunman who murdered two journalists on live tv had serious anger issues in the past. when vester flanagan was fired from the tv station two years ago he became so agitated the police had to be called in. marie maddox is an attorney who represented flanagan in a racial discrimination case and joins me now exclusively. thank you for joining me. how do you describe the person you knew, the vester flanagan
you knew? >> don, he was nice. he was very angry, though about his circumstances with his employer, the tv station here in tallahassee, and troubled by a lot of things that had happened to him at work. >> why was he so angry? >> there were racial comments that had made. reported to me racial comments had been made and after he reported those comments then the station had taken retaliatory action against him and fired him after he reported, had gone to the eeoc to report these racial incidents, comments made to him. i remember him being angry. i remember him being upset. he was also a very nice person when i knew him. >> i have a copy of the filing here. this is from tallahassee and it's not that lengthy but it does go into some detail about the plaintiff who was called a monkey by a producer with
defendant. and i want goes on in some detail but what can you tell bus these claims? were they valid? >> i can tell you that he reported them to me. they were serious enough that i undertook representation of him and that case was resolved through settlement. did it not go to trial. and it was -- he was credible enough when he made these representations to me that i felt that there was enough to go forward and filed a lawsuit for him. >> so there was a settlement. was it in his benefit? >> i cannot discuss the terms of the settlement but i can say that the case was resolved. >> okay. marie, were you surprised to learn today that vester continued to have problems with other employers after this lawsuit that you represented him in? >> i was a little bit. but on the other hand i knew that he had been severely troubled by what had happened
here. and i was concerned about just his mental status and whether he needed counselling -- >> why were you concerned about that? >> just because when you're in this situation, a lot of folks identify themselves with their jobs. and when you lose an important job then you've lost a big part of yourself. and a lot of people who are the victims of discrimination are at least believe they are the victims of discrimination, a lot of them should seek some kind of counselling. i felt that a little bit about him that he should have gotten some counselling. >> i wonder if you think and he was powder keg. he said in his own words in this manifesto that he sent to abc news that he was a human powder keg waiting to go boom and ready basically to respond to dillon roof and start a race war after that man shot and killed nine black people in a church in charleston back in june. do you think that he, number
one, was a powder keg waiting to go boom as he said and do you think that race, number two, was his trigger point? >> i didn't see that when i represented him. but it's been 15 years ago. and when someone has had something like this happen, and something that's this traumatic to him and i know this was very traumatic to him back 15 years ago, then, you know, there's always a possibility. but, you know, i did not see that in him. i thought that he would go on with his life and be able to, you know, make something productive of himself is what i felt. >> thank you very much. we appreciate you joining us here on cnn tonight. now i want to bring in criminologyist casey jordan. she said she was concerned about him after going through that experience. do you think race was the motivating factor here? >> not the motivating factor but
it was the spring board that let him act on this fantasy of getting back at his enemies and this has been festering for 15 years maybe more. as he said it was the charleston church shooting which put him over the edge and what it did of let him think i get to vindicate the lives of those murdered black people. dillon roof has nothing on me. let me show you how to really get people to sit up and pay attention by doing it on live tv. >> we spoke to several of his co-workers of different ethnicities. not one said there was any sort of race, they experienced or witnessed any sort of racist, you know, behavior around him or towards him. but yet he's seeing this behavior. and we have seen people like that. how do you know when it's just something that's just not serious and something really serious. >> his persecution complex was persistent and consistent and insistent. it never went away over these 15
years. he went from employer to employer but everyone described him as volatile, moody, difficult. couldn't take criticism. very lowest level he was a man who could not take criticism and had no coping mechanisms. when you have to be e court offed out of your workplace by police because your co-workers are afraid of you that's a big red flag. >> he said -- he had been discriminated against and attacked by white women and black men. as a gay man. >> as a gay black man. so it stands to reason that he's looking at any microanalyzing any comment made to him and turning -- by white women he's probably considering alison parker as one of them. he's hyper vigilante for anything anybody says. he feels the world is out to get him. it becomes larger-than-life. it stacks. it layers until one day he gets inspired by in this case charleston. acts out on a fantasy he's been having for years.
>> and then he films it. and puts it on the internet for all to see. >> only a reporter would actually think about doing this. i'm sure others thought about it. reporter could pull it off. he knows the impact of live television. knees how to find these representatives of his last employer and actually massacre them during a live broad cast. what's more disturbing it was the twitter and facebook he filmed it and put it on facebook. he only got these accounts a week ago. he understands the impact of social media. >> he wanted a big impact. i watched him tweet it. i watched his twitter feed go away. will we see him kill himself or get in an altercation with police. >> live newscast. we're horrified imagine what potential killers are thinking of to do next? >> alison parker's boyfriend who was an anchor at the station he's speaking out tonight also her father. let's take a look.
>> unfortunately i was not surprised because he was someone who was known to people at the station for volatility. alison and adam carried no hate in their heart and expressed no hate or ill will. she had a brief interaction with him when she was an intern at our station in 2013. and he did not work for us for very long. so my interaction and adam's interactions were brief as well. >> he was there. when she got there he was pretty much gone. >> two different sets of realtity. >> completely. in his mind his is the correct one. that's the scary thing. when he got that gun, when he got this go proand put this out there he felt justified. understand the signs usually happen, everyone sees the signs now. when they actually come about
and converge it happens very quickly. and by the time something happens that make us say wow we need to get him some help by that time the act is over. >> casey jordan thank you very much. >> i wish i was hereunder different circumstances. >> chris is down there covering our story, this story from virginia. it's complicated but so much information out there about this shooter. >> reporter: there is. as disgusting so much of it is, as much as you want to forget this man as quickly as possible the motivations can be helpful in piecing together what went wrong being what toledo this. there's a fascination with this and need for that in these stories. however we have to keep the context clear. the people who matter most are those who lost their lives. up next grieving friends who remember these very special young people who were just at the beginning of so much in their lives. but they were cut short today. tsummer event is here.
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to remember alison parker and adam ward, the right way for how they lived their lives and to give their families that sense of solace and not make them an echo of someone's madness. we have two friends here. so, gentlemen, i'm so sorry to have to meet you on this kind of occasion. alan, i'll start with you. you're next to me. we hear about this young man and he sounds like the kind of guy you just wanted to spend time with. and as a journalist work with. tell me about what made him special to you. >> thank you for this opportunity to celebrate this amazing life. had the privilege of knowing adam since he was in elementary school. he had a light and fire in him.
lots of young people have dreams. adam had goals and few people could outwork adam in acheefrg those goals. from a very young age he knew what he wanted to do. in a very challenging field. few people could outwork and along the way nothing but joy. >> and just 27, but what we're hearing from those that worked with him he lived his life to the fullest and made a mark even though his life got cut short. what satisfaction will that bring to his family. he did things that other have not. >> adam like his siblings are products of a remarkable family. humble loving family. and we just ask for a lot of respect and privacy and love and prayers for that family as they grieve. adam truly in our cool division we have people who engage and inspire children. there are children like adam ward who love and engage and inspire us. >> very beautiful words. and we feel for his family.
we hope they get to spend some time. but we also want to remember their son the right way. i direct to it you now, brad and ryan. alison, when you look at her pictures on social media and you see her reporting there's just such a joy that comes out of her. her boyfriend, chris hearst put it so eloquently, a couples album she gave him for their six month anniversary. what made they are special. brad when you started with her in college and mentoring her. people know when somebody has "it" as we call it in the business. what did you see? >> she didn't have just the ability to write a good news story or do great reporting. she had a personality to engage with readers in the newspaper or viewers on tv. she just -- she had that "it" factor like you said. she loved what she did. you could tell. she loved wren gaging with her audience.
you could tell that as well. she had a great future ahead of her. i was hoping for wonderful things for her. >> ryan, i hear people say, you know, for her this wasn't a profession it was a passion. explain that to me. >> well, she -- the first time i met her she was an adviceee of mine at jmu and walked into my office as a freshman and was full of life. and could you just tell from that moment when she walked out the door i said that's a kid that's going to go places. you could just tell from the very moment she stepped on campus she was driven and passionate about the work that she did. and when i had her in class and she started in my classes she maintained that throughout. she impressed me all the way. she worked her way up through the ranks at different tv stations. >> she earned respect at an early age. not easy in this business as you
guys know. what sense of pride did you take, brad and then you follow please ryan in seeing how she had made to it a respectable mark and was doing work and doing it well for the right reasons. >> i mean, i don't think we were surprised. we knew she was probably going to go on the greater things. we know she loved being in roanoke because it was near her home town. yeah. we were so proud of her. she would come back to do training. even at her age. she was coming back and sharing what she learned in the field with students who was still learning. so, of course, we were very proud of her. it's a great loss to the profession and to us here at jmu. >> something special. go ahead, please. >> i was just going to say, it's crushing, because she was truly a special talent and as much as the loss hurts, you know, a
friend and men over to hers, it hurts as well as brad said is a loss to journalism because she really was one of the good ones. and, you know, that is rare and hard to find sometimes. but she -- it was a proud moment to see her on wdbj and i know how excited she was to be reporting there. it seemed like she wanted to stay there for a while because it was home. but she had network written all over her from the time here at jmu i knew as soon as i first saw her on air that she was going to go far and go where she wanted to. >> well, take solace in this. what you believe to be i heard echoed from people all day. while she had a young life she touched a lot of people. thank you for joining us to talk about her. i want to back to you, adam not only is his family dealing with
this loss but an added dimension. he was wren gaged to be married. he a future. he had the love of his life. his fiancee. she works here. she was in the control room this morning which is almost unimaginable. how is she? how is the family going try to keep their arms around her during these days? >> the word "family" is rich with love. and that's the only thing that can overcome this kind of grief and that will take time. adam was a goal setter and whether playing for the salem high school football team or going virginia tech or pursuing his career he had goals and achieved them and whole lot of joy. what's especially tragic is not only was he robbed of his life, this world was robbed of the future goals he would have achieved and contributions he would have made. >> she was robbed of the love of
her life and she has to find a way to go on. our hearts go out to them. i'm sorry for to you have this conversation. i know you're hurting. we just want to make sure that he's not just remembered for how he died. i find myself in too many of these situations and it's important his family knows he achieved a lot in a very short amount of time and lot of that with the help -- >> he did that in high school. so many -- all of us had a rare child we had in our own high school experience who were friends with everybody and adam had that gift. there was no class distinctions. no clicks with adam. he loved everyone and everyone loved adam. >> it followed him through his professional career. i'm sorry you're hurting right now. please take solace that he's well remembered. >> thank you for this opportunity. >> thank you for sharing what matters most which is what made these two lives that are now gone so special while they were
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i'm a gas service rep for pg&e in san jose.. as a gas service rep we are basically the ambassador of the company. we make the most contact with the customers on a daily basis. i work hand-in-hand with crews to make sure our gas pipes are safe. my wife and i are both from san jose. my kids and their friends live in this community. every time i go to a customer's house, their children could be friends with my children so it's important to me. one of the most rewarding parts of this job is after you help a customer, seeing a smile on their face. together, we're building a better california. back now live, and there's chris quomo.
chris, you know, wbdj, they had the unfortunate task of covering their own colleague's death. i want to cover some of today's emotional coverage. and then we'll talk about it. here it is. >> it is my very, very sad duty to report that we have determined, through the help of the police and our own employees, that alison and adam died this morning, shortly after 6:45 when the shots rang out. >> we're all in a state of shock here. you can hear people behind us in the news room crying. it's really hard to comprehend. we cover these things all of the time. but it's tough covering it when you don't know the people. when it's two of your own. >> so i'm a reporter by training and i've been in the business more than 40 years. and you're never prepared for this. you just pray every day that your people are going to be safe. >> his camera was able to capture this image that clearly,
clearly sm lly shows the face o gunman holding up a gun, point blank range, and shooting it several times, we're told, at our beautiful reporter, allison parker and our wonderful, energetic photographer. >> you know, chris, it's just awful. you and i here at the network, we work together. it's a much bigger place. we're friends, we hang out. i can't imagine having to cover something like this about you. but i was just ticking through. i worked in five local television stations. much smaller places. you really do become friends. they're reporting on their loved ones, basically. >> well, they're calling this place the news family here in this community. and they're coming out to show their love for wdbj and this community and what they mean to them. and you're right. it's a different kind of profession.
there's an intimacy to it. when you do the kind of reporting that we do, there's an expectation of potential loss. you know that. you take that risk. not what these kids were doing today. this was unforseeable. and it's going to be happening for a long time and that's why they need arms around them, this whole community does. >> absolutely. this was not a hot spot. it should have been a safe zone, as well as all live shots should. we'll be right back, everyone. when you do business everywhere, the challenges of keeping everyone working together can quickly become the only thing you think about.
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> it is 10:00 p.m. on the east coast. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. two young journalists executed on live tv this morning. 6:45 a.m., in the middle of the kind of live shot that reporters all across this country do every day. with no reason to suspect the slightest hint of danger. they don't even notice the gunman as he approaches them. shots rang out. ward falls. a former tv reporter known on the air as bryce williams. the woman being interviewed,