The TV news reporter and cameraman shooter, killed himself while he was chased by Police on a highway.
A TV news reporter and cameraman was shot dead and wounded a third person during a live broadcast on Wednesday in Virginia. Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman, both died on the scene during a live broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake for CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va.
The third person Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back, according to reports. Gardner is recovering from emergency surgery and is in stable condition, according to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital in Rocky Mount.
The shooter was identified as Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, also known as Bryce Williams is a former reporter for the Roanoke station. Police say that the shooter killed himself while he was chased on a highway west of the Virginia and died Wednesday afternoon at a Washington area hospital.
Flanagan is believed to have posted on social media videos showing him shooting Parker and War, according to reports.
Bryce Williams reportedly said these on his fax message to the network:
“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….”
“The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily…I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”
The shooter’s other attempts to reach out to the media and his social media posts just after opening fire could be an evidence on what led to the deadly shooting, authorities say. The Investigation of the deadly Wednesday shooting incident is going on.
Flanagan had previously worked as a reporter for TV station WDBJ7, the same network whose reporters he targeted Wednesday morning. Flanagan was fired from WDBJ7 several years ago and had to be escorted off the station grounds by police, according to WDBJ7 President and General Manager Jeff Marks.
“Eventually after many incidents of his anger … we dismissed him,” Marks said. “He did not take that well.” IMAGE/evoke.ie