Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) told radio station WTOP on Wednesday that authorities believe the man suspected of gunning down two television journalists earlier in the morning is “a disgruntled employee.”
“We believe the shooting suspect is a disgruntled employee,” McAuliffe said during a live radio interview.
“They know the suspect, They’re pursuing the suspect,” McAuliffe told WTOP.
Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed in a shooting during a live television broadcast in Moneta, Va., early Wednesday morning. A manhunt for the suspect is currently underway.
BREAKING: Governor: Arrest of suspect in on-air shooting is ‘imminent,’ police on pursuit on highway.
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McAuliffe, who described himself as a hunter and gun owner, said there is “too much” gun violence in America.
“There are too many guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have guns,” he said. “I’m a gun owner, I own guns, but I went through background checks to get (them).”
McAuliffe called for universal background checks.
“Everyone who purchases a gun in the Commonwealth of Virginia should have to go through background check,” he told the radio station.