Vester Flanagan, former WDBJ7 employee, kills 2 journalists

Vester Flanagan

Suspected shooter Vester Flanagan. Photo taken from Flanagan’s Twitter page.

Journalist Alison Parker, 24, and Videographer Adam Ward, 27, of local TV station WDBJ7 were allegedly shot and killed by a former co-worker, Vester Flanagan, 41, just outside Roanoke, Va.

Flanagan was a former reporter at WDBJ7 who went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams had a history of filing complaints while working at WDBJ7 and sued the station for discrimination.

According to Jeff Marks, WDBJ7 general manager, Flanagan had a reputation for “being difficult to work with.”

Flanagan was hired by WDBJ7 in 2012 and was fired a year later.

The shooting took place at around 6:45 a.m. local time while Parker and Ward were conducting a live-broadcast.

They were interviewing Vicki Gardner, a Chamber of Commerce employee about tourism in the area when Flanagan allegedly approached from behind and opened fire.

Parker and Ward died at the scene and Gardner was injured and taken to hospital but is expected to survive.

Flanagan was tracked down by police at around 11 a.m. and a car-chase ensued. The pursuit ended when Flanagan’s car went off the road and he was sent to hospital in critical condition and a faint pulse, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


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  1. Mike

    I see no one in the media is able to step up to the plate and call him a racist. Even when two of your own gets offed none of you have the guts to come forward with the truth.
    If there is anyone left in the media who really cares you’ll do some research to find out and report to the people who, among his former employers, settled out of court with that lying low life murdering racist who sued former employers claiming racism and gay bashing without a shred of evidence. Those who settled and paid him off have the blood of those two innocent victims on their hands.

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