A man claiming to be the shooter who killed two local TV news reporters in Roanoke, Virginia, Wednesday tweeted a video that appears to be the actual killing. The individual, tweeting from an account under the name of Bryce Williams, posted two video clips showing what happened before he allegedly pulled the trigger. Twitter appeared to have suspended the accounts shortly after the videos were posted.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe confirmed authorities identified the suspected shooter, who appears to be a disgruntled former employee of the local CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV, according to local media and a Reuters report. Vester Lee Flanagan, who used the on-air name Bryce Williams, was identified as the suspect by the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.
The shooter opened fire on two reporters who were broadcasting a live interview. A third person was wounded in the shootings. Video of the on-air report shows the moment when someone opened fire on the three people.
i’m just going to keep looking at this photo. this is how we should remember alison parker and adam ward. pic.twitter.com/wtgbjAFXPp
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) August 26, 2015
The station said WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and field reporter Alison Parker died of their injuries Wednesday morning. Ward was 27. Parker, a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, just turned 24, the News Leader newspaper in Staunton, Virginia, reported.
Williams worked as a multimedia journalist at WDBJ from March 2012 to February 2013, according to a LinkedIn page. Before that, he worked as a communications director at NDG Interactive for more than seven years. He claimed to have graduated from San Francisco State University.
Flanagan filed a discrimination lawsuit against WTWC-TV in 2000, an NBC affiliate in North Florida, claiming a station producer called him a "monkey," Newsweek reported. The lawsuit settled for an undisclosed sum. Flanagan claimed in the suit that other black employees at the station "had also been called 'monkeys' by officials" there.