Vester Flanagan: A ‘human powder keg’
The man who accused of killing two broadcast journalists in Virginia has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, a former employee at the station where the victims worked.
Police said Flanagan, 41, of Roanoke, Virginia, shot himself and later died after the murders on Wednesday.
Using the name Bryce Williams, Flanagan had worked as a TV journalist in several southern states for many years.
In 2012, he was hired at WDBJ, the same Roanoke TV station where his victims Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked.
Jeffrey Marks, WDBJ’s general manager, described Flanagan as unhappy, difficult to work with and always “looking out for people to say things he could take offence to”.
“Eventually after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. He did not take that well,” Marks explained. He said Flanagan had to be escorted by police out of the station when he was fired.
As police searched for Flanagan on Wednesday morning, more information about Flanagan surfaced.