In a 23-page document faxed to ABC News, the writer who identifies as Bryce Williams a.k.a. Vester Lee Flanagan said Jehovah spoke to him and told him to act. In the document the writer listed several reasons for shooting three white people, killing two of them.
“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15… What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”
The writer then expressed admiration for the Virginia Tech mass murderer and the Columbine High School mass murderers.
“Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho [Virginia Tech murderer]. That’s my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harris and Dylann Klebold [Columbine murderers ]got…just sayin.'”
The writer also complained of suffering racism and bullying for being a homosexual black man.
“Yes, it will sound like I am angry…I am. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace….”
No chance there’s any peace where he’s goin’ .. jus’ sayin’.
“[I]t is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:43,44 (KJV)
BREAKING UPDATE: @GovernorVA says shooter believed to be “disgruntled employee” of @WDBJ7. Troopers in pursuit now. https://twitter.com/WTOP
CBS News is reporting the suspect in the Virginia TV crew shooting is Vester Flanagan. According to a former WDBJ employee, Flanagan worked at WDBJ as a reporter about a year ago using the on-air name Bryce Williams.
Vester Lee Flanagan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
1. He Posted Video of the Shooting on His Facebook Page
2. He Live Tweeted His Apparent Motives for the Shooting
3. Police Chased the Suspect on a Local Highway
4. He Has Worked at Several News Stations
5. He Sued a Station He Previously Worked at for Racial Discrimination
WHSV.com is reporting that Vester Lee Flanagan has shot and killed himself.
WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Moneta, Bedford County, Virginia.
“Alison and Adam died this morning at 06:45 shortly after the shots rang out. We do not know the motive or who the suspect or the killer is,” said Jeffrey Marks, station general manager.
The murder happened during a live interview at the Bridgewater Plaza shopping center near Smith Mountain Lake. Parker was interviewing a woman about tourism at the shopping centre when the shooting occurred.
According to reports, Vicki Gardner, the woman being interviewed survived the attack. She was also shot and is in surgery for a gunshot in the back. Gardner is the executive director at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The video footage from Ward’s camera captures a fleeting image of the gunman, who is wearing black trousers with a blue top, and looks like he’s holding a handgun.