TV shooting: Flanagan planned get-away

2015-08-26 22:19
Virginia StateTrooper Pamela Neff answers questions about identifying Vester Flanagan's car.

Virginia StateTrooper Pamela Neff answers questions about identifying Vester Flanagan's car.

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Moneta - Vester Flanagan, who shot dead WDBJ TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward while they were on air on Wednesday, had carefully planned his get-away, authorities say.

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton said Flanagan had fled the scene of the shooting at a mall where the journalists were doing an interview, before deputies arrived. Roanoke police later found his Ford Mustang at the city's airport. He'd switched to a car which he'd rented earlier in the month.

Overton said Flanagan had been found on an interstate in Fauquier County with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died about two hours later.

A Virginia state trooper had located him driving on the interstate using licence plate recognition equipment.

The trooper had followed Flanagan until backup arrived, then turned on her flashing lights. The suspect tried to evade her, but after a couple of minutes, he ran off the road into the median. That's where he was found with the gunshot wound.

ABC News says that someone using Flanagan's name had sent the network a lengthy fax invoking several mass shootings.

ABC News reports that a man using the name Bryce Williams called the network in the past few weeks asking to pitch a story and wanting to fax information. The organisation says the man never said what the story was.

The 23-page document is a manifesto of sorts, saying he was motivated to kill his former co-workers after the recent Charleston church shootings. The document says Williams bought a gun on June 19, two days after authorities say Dylann Roof killed nine people inside a black church. Police have called the massacre a racially motivated hate crime. The document also cites the Virginia Tech and Columbine High School killers as influences.

The TV station in Virginia said Flanagan had alleged that other employees had made racially-tinged comments to him and that he had filed a complaint. But the station's general manager says the allegations couldn't be corroborated. 

The condition of the third victim, Vicki Gardner, has been described as stable by the spokesperson for Carilion Clinic in Roanoke.

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