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Sunday 17 December 2017

Shooter 'filmed killings on his phone and posted it online'

Vester L. Flanagan, who worked under the name Bryce Williams
Vester L. Flanagan, who worked under the name Bryce Williams
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The TV presenter who gun down two journalists from his former station posted horrific footage of the deadly attack on social media.

Vester L. Flanagan, who was identified by police as the gunman, said "I filmed the shooting" on his Twitter page moments after the attack.

The video shows him walking slowly along a wooden boardwalk in Virginia to where Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) were interviewing a leader of the local chamber of commerce.

Mr Flanagan (41), who worked at the station under the name Bryce Williams, lowered the camera to show a gun in his other hand. 

Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward
Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward

He then stood behind Miss Parker and Mr Ward filming them for several seconds.  

Unaware of his presence, they continued with the interview.

Vester L. Flanagan posted a series of tweets accusing his colleagues of 'racial comments'
Vester L. Flanagan posted a series of tweets accusing his colleagues of 'racial comments'

The 41-year-old then raises the gun and fired several shots at nearly point blank range.

Miss Parker is hit twice before running away in an attempt to take cover.

Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward
Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward

Mr Flanagan fled after the shooting and was pursed in a police car chase.

He is in a “critical condition” after shooting himself when cornered by police.

During the chase he posted the footage on the Internet and claimed: "Alison made racist comments.

“They hired her after that???" he added.

"Adam went to HR on me after working with me one time!!!" 

Mr Flanagan had worked with the two victims at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia for about a year before he was fired.

WDBJ7 station manager Jeff Marks described Mr Flanigan as “an unhappy man”, saying that there was never any prove to his claims that staff had made “racial comments”.

"We think they were fabricated,” said Mr Mark.

Telegraph.co.uk

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