Bryce Williams (real name Vester Lee Flanagan) has been identified as the shooter who took the lives of Virginia reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during an on-air interview Wednesday (Aug. 26). He posted video of the shooting to his Twitter and Facebook accounts, both of which have since been suspended. Williams was a coworker of Parker and Ward’s at WDBJ 7 TV in Roanoke, VA.
On Twitter, Williams also alleged to having workplace difficulties with Parker and Ward.
According to local ABC affiliate WHSV, Williams turned the gun on himself after a brief pursuit by law enforcement and WDBJ says the suspect shot himself but is still alive. ABC 7 reports Williams is in critical condition.
Heather Myers, a reporter at San Diego 6, says that in 2000 her news director in Florida fired Williams for “bizarre behavior and threatening employees.”
UPDATE: The Washington Post says the Virginia secretary of public safety and the state police confirm Williams was pronounced dead at the hospital at just before 1:30 p.m. local time.
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Michael Del Moro, a segment producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” also reports that ABC received a lengthy fax from someone claiming to be Williams. They have turned said fax over to the authorities.
Parker, 24, grew up in Martinsville, VA and was a graduate of James Madison University. Ward, 27, attended Salem High School in Salem, VA. and graduated from Virginia Tech. Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce member Vicki Gardner was also injured in the shooting. She is recovering from surgery.