In an alleged 23 page manifesto written to ABC News, Vestor Lee Flanagan (AKA Bryce Williams) claims he shot the WDBJ reporter and photographer while the two were doing a live report on-air in reaction to the racism of the church shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine black parishioners dead.
Flanagan/Williams was a former co-worker of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke. Virginia authorities say he was the gunman who fatally shot Parker and Ward during a live news report around 6:45 a.m.
In the manifesto, Flanagan/Williams writes: “Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15,” he wrote in the manifesto, according to ABC News. “What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”
For more information on the contents of the manifesto, click here.
The Nevada Broadcasters Association also released a statement regarding the shooting:
“Words cannot express the profound sadness and loss as a result of such a terrible tragedy,” said Nevada Broadcasters Association President Mary Beth Sewald. “Our hearts go out to these broadcast journalists and their families and friends.”