Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, has been identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting that left a Virginia reporter and cameraman dead and a member of the local Chamber of Commerce wounded. According to Virginia State Police, Flanagan, who also went by the name Bryce Williams, reportedly shot himself on a highway not far from where the shooting took place. It is unclear whether Flanagan’s self-inflicted gunshot was fatal, Express UK reports.
Early Wednesday morning, news anchor Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, both of whom worked for Virginia-based news station WDBJ7, were interviewing Vicki Gardner for a live broadcast when gunshots rang out. The camera fell to the ground and chilling screams could be heard.
Shortly after the shooting, tweets from a Twitter account under the name “Bryce Williams” posted graphic video of the shooting. The video shows the shooter walking down a plank where Parker and Ward are interviewing Gardner. The footage shows the shooter pointing a gun at Parker’s back, and it appears that the shooter adjusts the camera he is holding before he begins firing. Parker can be seen flinching before the shooter’s camera cuts off.
Earlier tweets from the Bryce Williams (Vester Lee Flanagan) account claim that he was a nonpracticing Jehovah’s Witness