Two WDBJ Reporters Killed On Live Television, Killer Dead
UPDATE: Watch WDBJ live – they’re bringing additional information and remembering Alison Parker and Adam Ward all day.
Following conflicting reports, WDBJ now says that Vester Flanigan (a.k.a. Bryce Williams), the suspected shooter in Roanoke, VA, shot himself in the face during a confrontation with police and is now dead.
UPDATE: ABC published excerpts from Flanigan’s 23-page “suicide note” faxed to the news network. It contains the following quotes:
“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.”
“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!!!!”
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe says police are currently involved in pursuit of the suspect and that they expect him to be apprehended soon.
The shooter can not be seen clearly in the footage, though authorities say they have his name and license plate number.
According to CNN, cameraman Adam Ward’s fiancée was in the studio and witnessed the shooting live.
Another anchor at WDBJ, Chris Hurst, shared the following tweet shortly after the shooting.
UPDATE: From KTLA in Los Angeles:
Authorities say they are looking for former WDBJ employee Vester L. Flanagan, who is driving a 2009 Grey Mustang, according to the Augusta County, Virginia, sheriff’s department representative. The representative said they are looking for Flanagan in connection with Wednesday’s killing of two WDBJ journalists, but stopped short of calling him a suspect.
Vester Flanigan was known on the air as Bryce Williams.
The Twitter account of Bryce Williams briefly featured video of the incident, and tweets suggesting a possible motive, before it was suspended.
Much kinder tweets are those from friends and family who are mourning Parker and Ward.