Warning: Disturbing video
The suspect in a deadly on-air shooting of a reporter and a cameraman in Virginia is a disgruntled former colleague who posted videos of the murders to Twitter and accused the pair of racism.
Vester Lee Flanagan, a former on-air reporter who worked under the name Bryce Williams, killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward from the Roanoke affiliate WDBJ.
The 41-year-old worked with the pair for about a year before being fired from the station, but the reason has not been made public, according to CNN.
In a Twitter rant just hours after the killings, Williams complained about the way Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, treated him because he was black.
“Alison made racist comments,” he tweeted at 10:09 a.m.
“EEOC report filed,” he said. “They hired her after that???”
“Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time!!!”
In two videos posted to the Williams’ Facebook and Twitter pages, which have since been deleted, he can be seen opening fire on Ward and Parker as they report live from the Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, VA.
At one point, Williams’ pistol appears to be no further than 6 inches away from Parker’s face as she unknowingly continues her interview.
In addition to working in Virginia from March 2012 to February 2013, Williams also worked as a multimedia journalist and general assignment reporter at a number of stations throughout the South, including WNCT in Greenville, NC, WTWC in Tallahassee, and WTOC in Savannah, according to WDBJ.
In a video posted to Facebook in the past, the on-air reporter can be seen doing a local story about guns. In one shot, he can even be seen holding what appears to be a machine-pistol.
Williams is originally from California and graduated from San Francisco State University, according to his LinkedIn page.
The website Heavy reports that federal court records show that he sued WTWC in 2000 for “discrimination and retaliation,” but the case was settled.
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