Early Wednesday morning, Vester Lee Flanagan II, reportedly upset over being fired from Virginia news station WDBJ7 in 2013 as well as the June church massacre in Charleston, S.C., targeted two of his former colleagues and fatally shot them during a live broadcast.
If that wasn’t horrible enough, after killing WDBJ7 journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward and wounding Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce who was being interviewed at the time, Flanagan, who also went by the name Bryce Williams professionally as a TV journalist himself, recorded and posted video of the shooting to Twitter.
A manhunt, which included area Virginia schools being put on lockdown, ensued for Flanagan. After a Virginia state police officer spotted the vehicle Flanagan was driving, the 41-year-old shot himself and crashed his car. He was apprehended and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Since the shooting, news of the victims and the shooter have quickly unfolded. Below are some of the more-bizarre components to have come out of Wednesday’s tragedy.
Source: The Root | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.