The images, accompanied with testimony from a source familiar with the investigation into shooting, paint the most detailed picture yet to have emerged into the life of the former journalist who shot his two colleagues at point blank range on Wednesday morning. Flanagan prepared for the murder by dumping personal "documents" into several waste bins around the area, the source told the Telegraph.
But he left behind an apartment filled with his personal effects, including photographs of himself during his days as a television journalist and posters that appear to be of male pin-ups. In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag. They also found "many" sex toys, which may have "human material" on them, the source told this newspaper.
In a "suicide note" sent to ABC news, Flanagan said he was discriminated against in life for being gay and said he had sometimes worked as an escort for money. The apartment was dark and dank when police raided it on Thursday. A large pool of cat urine on the floor of the kitchen had been hastily covered in a towel. Cat faeces were also found smeared on the balcony. He reportedly owned two cats, but neighbours said they had gone missing since the shooting on Wednesday.
In the suicide note, Flanagan said he had killed the creatures in a forest. The disturbed former journalist, who was fired from several jobs, including WDJB, where Ms Palmer and Mr Ward worked, because of problems with controlling his anger, is said to have been extremely aggressive to his male neighbours. The Telegraph has learned whilst he was "really nice to the girls", he was often taken by bouts of fury toward the men.
Despite being fired from WDJB approximately two years ago, Flanagan continued to live in the apartment, which is located on Ordway Drive, less than one mile from the television station's headquarters. The photographs show the apartment after it was visited by the police, with items that could be considered evidence already confiscated. The police used a ladder into the balcony to access the third floor home, fearing the door might be boobie trapped.
His computer sat on a stand on a beige carpet, besides a beige plastic chair. The hard drive of the computer in the photograph had been ripped out. The only decoration that was not taken by the police are scented night light candles. More than a dozen of them were laid out next to the sink in the bathroom. A source familiar with the apartment before the murders observed that it was much less cluttered than it had been in previous months. Piles of documents, of bills and other papers were gone.
Police later reportedly found them distributed in different bins around the area. Terms and Conditions. Style Book. Weather Forecast. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.
Sunday 05 April Vester Lee Flanagan: Inside the home of gunman Bryce Williams where he prepared for murder The Telegraph is given exclusive video and pictures showing the Virginia gunman's home, with cat urine all over the kitchen floor and the discovery of sex toys. A "long list" of complaints against him are said to have been lodged with the landlord.
Follow telegraphworld. Top news galleries.By Ashley Collman For Dailymail. Vester Lee Flanagan II pictured spoke about his fears about getting older and losing the interest of other men in a suicide letter to his close friend Robert Avent.
Avent spoke with Flanagan just moments before the 41 year old committed suicide on Wednesday, while he was being chased by police. Four days after the double murder-suicide, Avent received a package from Flanagan containing old photographs and letters which give insight into his mind in the lead-up to the on-air executions.
Avent shared the contents of the package with the New York Daily Newswhile also detailing his last phone call to the old friend. Parker and Ward were interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake chamber of commerce, at approximately 6.
Parker and Ward were pronounced dead at the scene while Gardner survived, after suffering a gunshot wound to her back. Scroll down for video. In Twitter messages posted hours after the attack, Flanagan said that he carried out the on-air execution in response to perceived racial slights from his former colleagues. He then posted disturbing first-hand video of the attack, showing Parker trying and failing to escape his shots. Shortly after fleeing the scene, Flanagan sent a text message to Avent, saying he did something 'very bad'.
Avent, 45, saw the vague text message when he woke up for work later that morning and waited until he got to his office to call his friend back. When he got Flanagan on the phone around 8. Like he didn't do anything at all. Like a normal voice,' Avent recalled. Flanagan then told his friend to check CNN and hung up. Above, Andy Parker, father of Alison, is hugged. WDBJ7's Kimberly McBroom, center, and others with the station hug friends and co-workers following an interfaith prayer service on Sunday.
McBroom was anchoring the morning news the day after her two coworkers were shot. During the service, pictures of Parker and Ward were shown on a large screen above the stage. After watching the news, a shocked Avent called Flanagan back. Flanagan said he was just riding in his car and said he was not going to go to jail.
Avent then questioned why Flanagan was acting so calm. At this point, Flanagan said he could see police following him on the road. He told Avent he was going to shoot himself in the head before letting police take him to prison. I don't have much time,"' he recalled. On Sunday, Avent received a package from Flanagan containing his suicide letter and old photographs.
Flanagan then said he had to go and hung up. Avent tried calling his friend back but didn't get any response. Just moments later, police swarmed Flanagan's car where they found him suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Avent says that he met Flanagan at a Greenville, North Carolina gym inand when he got a job opportunity in California inFlanagan offered to let him live in his four-bedroom house in Vallejo where he was living alone at the time.
They lived together as roommates from untilwhen Flanagan moved back across the country to work at WDBJ. But after moving to Roanoke, Virginia, Avent says he noticed a dark change in his friend. He was home by himself. When you're home by yourself and you think a lot - he started thinking bad things,' Avent told the Daily News.
Flanagan's dismal outlook on life is expressed in his suicide letter to Avent, which Avent received in a package on Sunday along with old photographs, driver's licenses and student IDs. In the stream-of-consciousness letters, Flanagan appears depressed at the loss of his good looks with age. Flanagan was fired from the station inafter repeated confrontations with other employees.Bill Chappell. Eyder Peralta. Brakkton Booker.
A car driven by suspected gunman Vester L. Police say Flanagan killed two people and then shot himself in the car as police closed in on him hours later. Two journalists for Virginia TV news station WDBJ were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while they were broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.
Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were doing a live report from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and Ward and injuring Vicki Gardner, the head of a local Chamber of Commerce who was being interviewed. Gardner is now in stable condition, hospital officials say. A suspect in the shooting was quickly identified — in part because of video taken at the scene — as Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, a former reporter for the station who was also known as Bryce Williams.
A screen capture of a video posted on Twitter, which shows the shooting from the vantage point of the shooter. Twitter hide caption. He had suffered a gunshot wound when he was taken into custody by Virginia State Police after a car chase that came hours after the shooting; authorities earlier said Flanagan was in critical condition.
At a p. In an earlier statementVirginia State Police described how the shooting suspect had fled and eventually reached Interstate 66, with police in pursuit. The suspect refused to stop, ran off the road and crashed. When police approached the vehicle, they found he had suffered a "gunshot wound. During a separate broadcast on his network, Marks said Flanagan had filed a complaint with the U.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after he was fired. The station reports :. Video shows the camera panning to Parker in the middle of an interview as the gunman opens fire. Parker can be heard screaming.
The final image in the video shows the camera falling down and the feet of the presumed gunman walking out of the frame. Hours after the shooting, a video from the gunman's perspective was posted to Twitter and Facebook under the name Bryce Williams.He never told ABC News what the story was.
This morning, a fax was in the machine time stamped a. A little after 10 a. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax. It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. You deleted! You want a race war deleted? Sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News that in his attack, Flanagan used a Glock 19 -- a firearm similar to one that Cho used in his mass attack.
In Flanagan's often rambling letter to authorities, family and friends, he writes of a long list of grievances. In his manifesto, he says he encountered "nasty racist things" while working at WDBJ-7 in Roanoke, and that drove him to sue the station.
He continues: "I can remember one day in particular They truly fd with my life and caused an awful chain of events. Flanagan says that, "Hell yeah, I made mistakes," noting that he "should not have been so curt" with photographers in Roanoke.
The damn news director was a micromanaging tyrant!! And, he writes, "the photogs were out to get me at WDBJ I don't need to deal with workplace bullies anymore. THAT is what lawmakers need to focus on," he adds. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace He chronicles the "tough times" he's faced, including some "financial crashes.
It does not work that way. It's too much. Shows Good Morning America.But away from the studio lights, his journalism career was troubled, marked by office disputes and legal complaints he filed that alleged racism at newsrooms in Tallahassee, Florida, in and in Virginia last year. Flanagan killed Alison Parker, a year-old morning news reporter, and Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman and photographerpolice said. He also injured the woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner.
The document claimed the attack was intended as revenge for the massacre of nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June.
As their once shared workplace grieves for Parker and Ward, a preliminary portrait has emerged of an easily agitated employee who accused co-workers in at least two newsrooms of making racist comments.
Flanagan grew up in Oakland, California. During his high school years and into his early 20s he worked as a print and catwalk model, according to his social media profiles.
He attended Skyline high school in Oakland, where he was voted homecoming prince during his junior year, according to his social media profiles. He then went on to study radio and television at San Francisco State University. He graduated inthe university confirmed.
The lawsuit reached federal court in Florida. According to public records, it was settled out of court in After being dismissed from the Florida station, Flanagan made a career change, working as a customer service representative in the fraud investigations unit at Bank of America. He then took a job as a customer service representative at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before returning to television news, according to his LinkedIn Profile. He joined a newsroom in North Carolina, and stayed for just two years before again leaving journalism.
He moved back to California to be the communications director at the Sacramento-based company NDG Interactive, where he worked for more than seven years, according to LinkedIn. Flanagan was fired in The following March, he went to the city courts and sued the station, seeking money, according to public records. The case was later dismissed. We had to call the police to escort him from the building. The Roanoke police department would not confirm that Flanagan had been escorted from the newsroom.
The only time we can speak publicly about a case is when, as a last resort, EEOC files a lawsuit against an employer. CNN reported on Wednesday that, despite his latest career setback, Flanagan had begun looking for more work in television news and had applied for jobs with the national cable network.
Public records indicate Flanagan did not have a criminal record. On a Facebook page that appears to have been run by the gunman under the pseudonym Bryce Williams, Flanagan appears to have uploaded several silent video recordings of stories on which he worked, including one that shows him in a store holding a weapon.
The reporter is standing on a deck interviewing Gardner as Ward films. The three continue the live interview and do not appear to notice the approaching person.
The person filming then angles alongside the cameraman and aims a handgun directly at Parker. A second video shows the gunman shooting at Parker as she runs away from the shots.
The video then cuts. The Twitter account has now been suspended. A single video of the shooting was also posted on a Facebook page that appears to have been run by the gunman under the name Bryce Williams.A former reporter-turned killer who considered himself a "human powder keg" ignited behind the wheel as well.
He'd then kill himself. In the video, Flanagan, 41, is seen beside a silver Mustang with a license plate that matches the then would-be killer's, according to police. Foster said he confronted the driver about his erratic driving after they pulled up next to one another at a traffic light not far from Flanagan's former news station.
You're endangering people's lives on the road, you a--hole. When the light turned green Foster said the driver aggressively followed him while locking him in traffic. The video shows Foster getting out of his vehicle and being confronted by Flanagan, who appears to hold his own cellphone up as if filming.
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Report: Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay on drugs, doing stunts when plane crashed. Florida high school senior killed over Yeezy shoes: police.Vester Lee Flanagan has been identified as the suspect in the shooting of a Virginia news crew. A disgruntled former employee of a Virginia TV station stalked and ambushed a news crew during a live interview Wednesday morning before opening fire, killing a reporter and photographer and wounding the woman being interviewed. His name was initially reported as Lester Lee Flanagan.
Flanagan shot himself after being confronted by police, WHSV reports. He was taken to the hospital and died at about p. The gunman opened fire during a live interview with a member of the local Chamber of Commerce.
The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, was also shot and wounded, the Roanoke Times reports. She is in surgery after being shot in the back. He was later confronted by police in Fauquier County, about three hours away from where the shooting occurred. He posted video of the shooting on his Facebook and Twitter pages. The video shows him approaching the victims, and pointing a gun at them. He is behind them for several moments as Parker interviews Gardner.
He holds the gun out until Ward turns the camera back toward Parker and Gardner, and then begins firing. The camera then shakes and drops as he opens fire.
The camera continues recording, with a black screen, as screams and several more gunshots are heard. Flanagan fired 15 times, emptying the entire magazine of the Glock handgun he was carrying. He purchased the gun legally two weeks before the shooting. The shooting happened at about a. Virginia State Police said his vehicle was spotted on Interstate 66 and tried to make a traffic stop. He is being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
Read More From Heavy. On his Twitter account, he said Parker made racist comments. He also said Adam Ward went to human resources on him.
Vester Lee Flanagan posted video of Alison Parker, Adam Ward shooting
ABC said it has shared the fax with police, and posted some of its contents Wednesday afternoon. The fax came about two hours after the shooting.
He also called ABC twice in the hours after the shooting. Flanagan wrote that he suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work, because he was a gay black man.
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And I have every right to be. Flanagan, often using the on-air name Bryce Williams, has worked at several news stations around the country, according to his LinkedIn page.
He was sort of looking out to people to say things he could take offense to. Eventually, after many incidents of his anger, we dismissed him.