Man Shoots at WDBJ News Van

By Kevin Eck 

WDBJ reporter Tim Saunders is OK after an 18-year-old man allegedly took a shot at the station news van Saunders was driving.

“It all started at 12:30 when police got a call about gunshots inside a home on Wheatland Road,” reports WDBJ. “Deputies then learned that 18-year-old resident Daniel Flint — who is believed to suffer from mental illness — was armed, walking down the street and ringing doorbells with a rifle in his hand.”

The Roanoke CBS affiliate reports Saunders saw the suspect, Daniel Flint, when he was responding to the reports. Saunders says he saw a young man carrying a rifle and then heard a gunshot after he turned the news van around to get out of the area.

When police got to Flint’s home they found a fire burning next to a large propane tank, along with bullet holes and other damage to the home.

No one was hurt in the incident. Flint has been charged with arson, malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle, and attempted malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle.

This comes a couple of months after the one year anniversary of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward‘s murder, which happened while the two were doing a live shot on the station’s morning newscast.