Shaken from the shooting deaths of two of his employees, WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks said he was going to "step out of" his role to say he's not sure whether he wants the suspect to live or die.
“I’m going to step out of my role as a former journalist and say I’m not really sure whether I want him to live or die,” Marks said live on the air, hours after the shooting occurred. “If he dies, then he took the coward’s way out. And if he lives, he goes on trial and goes to prison for the rest of his life."
“And I presume that, and I’m speaking way out of turn, but I think I’m expressing what viewers think and what many of the co-workers of Alison and Adam think," Marks added. "If he lives, he’s due due process — and this could all be a mistake, I doubt it. But in any case, we’re hurt enough that we want to express our anger and we want to express our love for Alison and Adam.”
Police said former WDBJ employee Vester Lee Flanagan, known as Bryce Williams on the air, is suspected of gunning down 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old photographer Adam Ward during a live TV news segment Wednesday morning.
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