Suspected shooter of two journalists shoots himself in Fauquier County

Virginia State Police spotted Vester Lee Flanagan’s vehicle heading eastbound on Interstate 66. A state trooper turned on emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop, according to a release from Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for Virginia State Police.

Flanagan’s vehicle did not stop and sped away from the trooper. Minutes later, the vehicle ran off the road and crashed.

When police approached the vehicle, they found the suspect inside, suffering from a gunshot wound. He has been transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital for life-threatening injuries.

Police believe him to be the same man suspected of shooting three people this morning in Franklin County during a television news interview.

Update, 12:14 p.m.

News media are receiving conflicting reports as to whether or not the man who shot himself on Interstate 66 is still alive. Fauquier Times continues to reach out to Virginia State Police for official comment.

Original story:

A man suspected of shooting and killing two journalists reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Interstate 66 at the 16 mile marker, just west of Markham.

The call for the shooting went out at around 11:35 a.m. Fauquier first responders and Virginia State Police are at the 16 mile marker investigating the shooting.

Authorities have named Vester Lee Flanagan II, known professionally as Bryce Williams, as the suspect of the shooting earlier this morning.

At 6:45 a.m. today, two WDBJ 7 employees, reporter Allison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed during a live news segment in Moneta, Va.

The Franklin County Virginia Sheriffâ??s Office is investigating the shooting, which occurred this morning at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake.

More on this story as it develops.