A former TV news reporter fatally shot two ex-colleagues this morning during a live broadcast in Roanoke Virginia. Then he posted his own recorded videos of the killings on social media. It is reported he faxed a 23 page manifesto to ABC News, claiming his intent was racially motivated – inspired by Black Lives Matter propaganda.
“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15 ” […] “What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”
It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act. (Link)
Flanagan ranted about the victims on Twitter prior to the shooting, and uploaded a video of the shooting while on the run. He accused the victims — reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27 — of racial prejudice, alluding to complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the station’s human resources department.
(Via NY Daily News) […] The scene of sudden shock and horror was first captured at a shopping plaza in Moneta, Va., during a routine news story on WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke.
“We heard screaming, and then we heard nothing,” general manager Jeff Marks said on air while announcing the deaths of Parker and Ward.
In the news clip, which aired about 6:45 a.m., Parker interviews Vicky Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, at Bridgewater Plaza, talking about tourism in the area.
As they talk, about seven shots ring out. Parker and Gardner scream and take cover as Ward drops the camera.
A man standing near the two women, dressed in dark clothing and holding what appears to be a gun, is briefly seen in the news clip. He calmly steps away from the scene before the video cuts away.
The video then cuts to a stunned reporter in the WDBJ newsroom, who tries to quickly carry on with broadcast.
Reporters later confirmed Parker and Ward died. Gardner was shot in the back and is in surgery, police said.
“Our team’s on working on (the story) right now, through the tears,” Marks said.
Gardner was shot in the back and is in stable condition after undergoing surgery, police said.
Flanagan, 41, worked as a reporter at WDBJ for less than a year before he was fired in 2013 for disruptive behavior, the station manager Marks said. (read more)