A disgruntled former news reporter has committed suicide after shooting dead two of his ex-coworkers during a live TV segment this morning in Moneta, Virginia.
Before killing himself, Vester Lee Flanagan who also goes by Bryce Williams took to Twitter to explain his reasons for shooting Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27.
Flanagan, argued that Parker made “racist comments” and that a complaint was filed agains her through the equal employment opportunity commission, but his station chose to hire her anyway.
As for Ward, Flanagan says that after working with the cameraman once, Ward complained to HR about the former reporter. It is unclear what happened between the two men.
But the most shocking post of all was a video Flanagan took of the attack, which he shared on his Twitter. The clip is taken from Flanagan’s point of view and shows him approaching the two journalists as they were interviewing Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce. He opened fire on Ward and then turns to kill Parker. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, died at the scene while Gardner was rushed to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
After posting the graphic video of the attack, Flanagan’s Twitter account was suspended.