Survivor of 2015 on-air shooting sues TV station in Roanoke

Virginia

MONETA, VA – AUGUST 26: The TV truck that journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward drove before they were killed this morning during a live broadcast sits in a parking lot near the scene on August 26, 2015 in Moneta, Virginia. Two employees of WDBJ TV were killed this morning during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake. The victims have been identified as reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker, 24 and Ward, 27, worked for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. The suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)

MONETA, Va. (AP) — The only survivor of a 2015 attack where a disgruntled former employee shot and killed two Virginia journalists is suing the television station whose on-camera interview she was appearing in.

The Roanoke Tines reports Vicki Gardner is suing WDBJ for $6 million in damages in an amended civil complaint. Gardner says WDBJ was negligent in hiring Vester Lee Flanagan II, who wounded her and killed journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward then himself.

Flanagan had been fired two years prior for reportedly threatening behavior. Gardner’s lawsuit says WDBJ didn’t properly screen Flanagan, who had similar issues with previous employers.

Gardner filed the suit in 2017, but the defense contended some of the negligence claims were flawed. The suit was shortened Thursday and seeks $3 million less and fewer claims.

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