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Two journalists shot dead during live TV interview, gunman still at large

Harrowing: A gunman opened fire during a live TV broadcast
Harrowing: A gunman opened fire during a live TV broadcast

A gunman is on the run after shooting dead two journalists during a live TV feed this morning.

Harrowing footage from the live TV interview purportedly shows the moment a reporter conducting an interview and her cameraman were callously targeted. 

News channel WDBJ7 have confirmed two of their journalists were involved in the incident, which occurred early this morning in Virginia. 

They were confirmed as reporter Alison Parker and photographer/cameraman Adam Ward, the station said.

In the shocking clip, a gunman who is out of shot is heard discharging around eight rounds during the live interview at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta.

Screams are heard as the camera falls to the ground. The shooter can been seen briefly as the camera turns upwards. 

Disturbing footage of the incident has been uploaded to YouTube. 

Dozens of police officers are at the scene and are hunting the shooter. No arrests have yet been made. 

Police told a local station there were three casualties. The fate of the third victim remains unknown. 

WDBJ7 said Parker had just turned 24. Mr Ward was just 27. 

Jeffrey A Marks, general manager of WDBJ-TV, said: "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 after the shots rang out."

"We do not know the motive, we do not know who the killer is. "I just got off the phone with the state police they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this crimes against two very fine journalists."