Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams: Virginia Shooter Dies in Hospital After Killing Journalists on Live TV [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Aug 27, 2015 01:00 AM EDT | By Kathleen Nava

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Just hours after Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed on live TV in Virginia, their alleged killer has died. Vester Flanagan, who also goes by Bryce Williams and was the police’s suspect in the murders, shot himself and was pronounced dead in the hospital at 1:26 p.m.

Just before 7am Wednesday morning, Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shooting a live interview with Chamber of Commerce director Vicki Gardner. While Alison and Vicki were chatting about how the event would benefit the community, suddenly eight gunshots ring out and a look of terror sweeps across Parker's face.

The women left off screams and attempt to flee before the camera falls to the floor, and a man dressed in all black is seen leveling a gun at Adam Ward.

All of this played out as locals watched the interview live from their homes. When the producer finally cut the feed to the murder scene, the anchor sitting at the desk back in the studio was speechless.
A disgruntled former news reporter filmed himself executing two of his ex-coworkers as they shot a live television segment in Moneta, Virginia Wednesday morning. Above, the video taken by alleged gunman Vester Lee Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams

A disgruntled former news reporter filmed himself executing two of his ex-coworkers as they shot a live television segment in Moneta, Virginia Wednesday morning. Above, the video taken by alleged gunman Vester Lee Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams

While Flanagan was recording the video on his own camera, the shooting was being played out on live TV. Above, a grab of this morning's WDBJ newscast with Parker on the left and Vicki Gardner on the right. Gardner was being interviewed by Parker at the time and suffered a bullet wound to the back. She is now in stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery 

As time went on, police revealed they were searching for Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams for questioning. He was eventually named as a suspect in the murders.
After cameraman Ward dropped to the ground, his camera kept rolling and the shooter is seen in the background leveling a gun at him before controllers at WDBJ cut the feed

Vester Flanagan previously worked with bothAlison Parker and Adam Ward at WDBJ7, although he was fired in 2013.
After the shooting was broadcast on live TV at 6.45am, WDBJ's general manager came on the air to confirm the deaths, saying: 'It's my very very sad duty to report... that Alison and Adam died this morning'

After the attack, a Twitter account, @bryce_williams7, began sending messages out about Alison Parker and Adam Ward, accusing the Alison of racism. The account, which is assumed to have been run by Vester, also shared horrifying videos of the shooting from the killer’s point of view.

He also faxed a 23-page suicide note to a national news station outlining his motives for the attack.

In his suicide note, Vester Flanagan connected his actions to Dylann Roof’s during the Charleston Church Shooting in June, during which 9 people died. “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,” he wrote. “What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow bullet points have the victims’ initials on them.”
PHOTO: Vester Lee Flanagan II, the suspect in the Virginia shootings of a news reporter and cameraman, faxed a 23-page document to ABC News.

PHOTO: Vester Lee Flanagan II, the suspect in the Virginia shootings of a news reporter and cameraman, faxed a 23-page document to ABC News.

PHOTO: Vester Lee Flanagan II, the suspect in the Virginia shootings of a news reporter and cameraman, faxed a 23-page document to ABC News.

In the manifesto, Vester Flanagan alleged that he had been a victim of discrimination and harassment in his past, which is what led him to eventually open fire. “He says he has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work,” ABC News explained. “He says he has been attacked by black men and white females. He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man.”

Five hours later, police cornered Vester Flanagan a three-hour drive northeast in Fauquier County, Virginia where he shot himself in an attempt to commit suicide. Flanagan initially survived the gunshot wound, but eventually succumbed to his injury.

Watch the video below.

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