Wednesday 18 July 2018

Virginia shooting: Family of gunman expresses sorrow to his victims

Vester L. Flanagan
Vester L. Flanagan

David Kearns

The family of Virginia shooter Vester L. Flanagan - who killed two former colleagues on live television Wednesday morning – has expressed their “deepest condolences” to the loved ones of his victims.

The 41-year-old, who worked at WDBJ7 under the name Bryce Williams, shot and killed reporter Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) before turning his gun on himself at the end of a short police chase.

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward,” the family said in a statement outside their home in San Francisco.

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“Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims’ families and the WDBJ7 NEWS family.

“Words cannot express the hurt that we feel for the victims. We are also praying for the recovery of Vicky Gardner.

“Our family is asking that the media respect our privacy.”

Bryce Williams - or Vester L Flanagan - in a photo on his Facebook page
Bryce Williams - or Vester L Flanagan - in a photo on his Facebook page

Ms Gardner was being interviewed by Ms Parker at the time of the attack, and was shot in the back.

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She is the only person who survived Mr Flanagan’s attack, and her husband told WDBJ7 that she was doing “well” following surgery.

WDBJ7 observed a moment of silence for their fallen colleagues at 6:45 am Thursday morning, the exact minute that Parker and Ward were gunned down by Mr Flanagan.

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