Two journalists for local Virginia TV station WDBJ7 were murdered this morning during a live broadcast.
Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were both shot dead as they were conducting an interview at a local store in Virginia. Video of the shootout, recorded by the deceased Ward, managed to capture the face of the shooter, who escaped the scene.
Later on however, it was reported that the shooter, identified as former WDBJ7 reporter Bryce Williams (real name Vester Lee Flanagan II, photo below) turned the gun on himself as he was being swarmed by officers. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Shortly before he shot himself, Flanagan – who was fired from WDBJ7 in 2013 – sent a 23-page manifesto to ABC News, where he detailed why he shot Parker and Ward:
In one part of the document, Williams calls it a “Suicide Note for Friends and Family.”
—He says has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work.
—He says he has been attacked by black men and white females.
—He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, 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….”
“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!!!!”.
Flanagan also posted videos of the shooting on his Facebook and Twitter accounts (which of course, have been taken down), where he accused Parker for racially abusing him. He also said he killed them in retaliation for reporting him to human resources.