Person Of Interest In Reporter, Photographer Shooting Identified As Vester Lee Flanagan
UPDATE: Vester Lee Flanagan, the man suspected of shooting and killing WDBJ7 reporter, Alison Parker and cameraman, Adam Ward, turned the gun on himself during this morning’s police pursuit.
The man suspected of shooting and killing a TV crew in Virginia has been identified as 41-year-old, Vester Lee Flanagan.
Police suspect that Flanagan killed WDBJ7 reporter, Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, during a live broadcast from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta. It’s being reported that Flanagan was a disgruntled, former WDBJ7 employee who had been let go from the station in February 2013.
Following the shooting, the alleged suspect posted a video of the shooting on his Facebook page, which has since been shut down. Some of his latest posts on Facebook included a scene from Dynasty of a woman being choked and a fluffy cat video.
It is also being reported that the Oakland native sent a manifesto to ABC News.
A motive is still unclear, but apparently, Parker had used some racial slurs toward Vester in the past. Flanagan has also complained about racial discrimination in past jobs.
Flanagan, who also goes by the name of Bryce Williams, worked as a reporter at a number of stations throughout the South, including WNCT in Greenville, NC, WTWC in Tallahassee, and WTOC in Savannah.