News outlets are reporting that Alison Parker and Adam Ward, a reporter and photographer for WDBJ7, died in a shooting this morning at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake.
According to Franklin County Sheriff Department’s Spokesperson Phillip Young, the shooting occurred at the Bedford County-Franklin County line in Moneta at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Police say there were three victims. The extent of their injuries are unknown at this time.
According to a witness on scene, there is a major police presence in the area. Members with Bedford County, Franklin County, and Virginia State Police are on scene. Sgt. Ryan Young with the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries confirmed half a dozen of their department are on scene searching the shoreline and surrounding area.
Police say they continue to look for the shooter at this time and are hoping to get a description out to the public shortly. This incident remains under investigation.
At this time Bedford County Public Schools are on perimeter lock-down until further notice, according to the superintendent. For those students on their way to school, officials say they will be secured upon arrival.
Dudley, Burnt Chimney, and Windy Gap elementary schools in Franklin County are also under lockdown.
Stay with Fox 25/48 on this developing situation.