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Vester Lee Flanagan Was Known As Bryce Williams And Cited Racism As Reason For VA Shooting

Great, just what some conservative azzholes needed, fodder for hate speech…


The man suspected of killing two WDBJ7 employees Wednesday morning shot himself on I-66 in Faquier County, according to state police.

The suspected shooter has been identified as Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams. He is still alive and is in critical condition. Previously, state police said Flanigan was dead.

Flanigan is a former WDBJ7 employee.

Earlier Wednesday, state police released this picture of the suspected shooter.

Flanigan killed himself near mile marker 17 on I-66 around 11:25 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect opened fire on WDBJ7 photographer Adam Ward and WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker around 6:45 a.m. during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza, which is on Smith Mountain Lake.

Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce was also injured in the shooting. She had surgery and is recovering.

Adam was 27-years-old. Alison just turned 24.

Although his Twitter account has been suspended, we recovered some of his tweets in which he state racism as the impetus for his murderous rage:

As if this story couldn’t get any more sad, Alison’s fiance, Chris Hurst, was a WDBJ7 news anchor and kept their relationship low-key.

He tweeted his pain and despair shortly after hearing the heartbreaking news. Hit the flip to read it.

Image via WDBJ7


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