Update 10:38 p.m. EDT:
Governor McAuliffe said the arrest of the suspect is imminent.
Update 10:34 p.m. EDT:
The suspect is believed to be a disgruntled former employee of WDBJ-TV, police said.
Update 10:30 p.m. EDT:
The police pursuit of the suspected shooter has moved to Interstate-64, CNN reported.
Update 10:23 p.m. EDT:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has confirmed police are chasing the suspected shooter North on the Interstate-81.
A reporter and photographer from the WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, Virginia, were shot to death during a live broadcast Wednesday morning at a water park in Moneta, Virginia. No motive for the shooting has been revealed.
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot at close range during a live broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake water park about 6:45 a.m. EDT.
Parker had been interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce when the shooting occurred. Gardner was shot in the back and is now in surgery, WDBJ said in a statement.
Police from Franklin County and the ATF are on the scene and continuing the search for the gunman, CNN reported. A tweet from WHSV-TV, Shenandoah, Virginia, said police were pursuit of the suspect on the Interstate-81.
The suspect in the #WDBJ shooting is being chased north on I-81
— WHSVnews (@WHSVnews) August 26, 2015
Police have also said that they have a name and license plate of the car being driven by the alleged suspect. Few details are currently known although a still from the live broadcast appeared to show a white male holding a gun.
Schools are on lockdown in the area. CNN also reported the New York City Police Department said it is increasing security at media organizations in the city.
Jeff Marks, WDBJ president and general manager, first announced in a live broadcast at 8:45 a.m. the details of the shooting. Kimberly McBroom, anchorwoman on the “Mornin’” newscast who worked with Parker and Ward said, “We’ve lost two members of our family. [Others have] lost a daughter, a son, a fiancee.”
Marks said Parker and co-anchor on the WDBJ evening show Chris Hurst were in a relationship and Ward was engaged to WDBJ producer Melissa Ott, who was celebrating her last day at the station.