Everybody suffers some setbacks in life and at work. Some have arguments with the boss and lose their jobs; others are involved in a fender-bender and fall for an insurance scam.
An unlucky moment can happen to anyone any day of the week. Most people may get angry or upset when dealing with an unfortunate circumstance, but they don’t usually overreact and commit murder.
As disgruntled as they may be, most can regain their senses before doing anything harmful to themselves and others.
That said, specific individuals simply cannot control their rage. In a situation where they are put at a disadvantage, the frustration escalates, and they kill.
As is the case with Vester Lee Flanagan II, who shot and killed his two former colleagues at WDBJ, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, on August 26, 2015.
At the shooting, Mr. Flanagan had been fired from his job as a broadcaster at the TV station.
As it turned out, the dismissal put him into a state of extreme resentment, and he decided to take it out on the victims.
10 /10 Shooting Began
There seemed to be nothing amiss for Alison Parker (24) and Adam Ward (27) on that Wednesday morning of August 26, 2015.
They were getting ready to work on a story about the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, a popular reservoir frequented by local anglers and sunbathers.
As part of the coverage, Alison interviewed Vicki Gardner, the head of the local chamber of commerce. Cameraman Adam was filming the interview.
All three stood on a balcony of an office complex located at the lakeshore when suddenly someone fired off multiple shots at around 6:45 a.m.
9 /10 Disturbing Video
The camera was still recording when the shooting happened.
Between the sounds of eight close-range shots heard in the video, there was a frightening scene in which Alison could be seen screaming and falling backward before the camera fell to the floor of the balcony.
The broadcast abruptly cut back to the station with anchor Kimberly McBroom, shocked and stunned with what she had just seen.
Alison Parker and Adam Ward were pronounced dead at the scene. Vicki Gardner suffered a gunshot wound to the back; she underwent surgery and survived the ordeal.