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Reporters' killer was disgruntled ex-employee who then tried to kill himself

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reporters-killer.jpgA disgruntled former news reporter who shot dead two of his ex-coworkers during a live TV segment this morning is in very critical condition after attempting to kill himself.

It was previously reported that Lester Lee Flanigan had died after shooting himself, but authorities are now saying that they have found him in Fauquier County, Virginia and he still has a pulse.

Viewers of WDBJ, a small CBS affiliate in Moneta, Virginia, watched in horror this morning as the employee shot dead 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, as the two were filming a light-hearted live segment just before 7am.

Flanigan fled the scene after the shooting and then took to Twitter to explain his reasons for killing his former coworkers, all while being pursued closely by police.

Via his Twitter account, Lester Lee Flanigan posted a chilling video of the moment he first approached Ward and Parker as they filmed a segment. Then a gun is drawn and two WDBJ7 were left dead, while their interview subject, local chamber of commerce chief Vicki Gardner, was rushed to surgery.

WDBJ viewers watched in horror this morning as gun shots rang out during the interview, which was being broadcast live.

WDBJ viewers watched in horror this morning as gun shots rang out during the interview, which was being broadcast live. Above, a grab from the station's live video.

After cameraman Ward dropped to the ground, his camera kept rolling and the shooter is seen in the background leveling a gun at him.

Flanigan, who is African American, wrote that Parker made 'racist comments' and that a complaint was filed against her through the equal employment opportunity commission, but his station chose to hire her anyway.

As for Ward, Flanigan says that after working with the cameraman once, Ward complained to HR about the former general assignment reporter. It's unclear what exactly happened between the two men.

The station manager of WDBJ says that Flanigan left the station about two years ago, but that he still lived in the community. He did not go into detail about whether Flanigan was fired or quit on his own accord.

But the most shocking post of all was a video Flanigan took of the attack, which he shared on his Twitter.The chilling clip is taken from Flanigan's point of view and shows him approaching the two journalists as they were interviewing Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce.

He opens fire first on Ward and then turns to kill Parker. Parker and Ward died at the scene while Gardner was rushed to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery.

After posting the graphic video of the attack, Flanigan's Twitter account was suspended.

Police tracked down Flanigan to Fauquier County, Virginia where he attempted to shoot himself. However, he did not die and is in critical condition.

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