Virginia Reporter, Photographer Killed During Live TV Report; "Disgruntled Employee" Gunman Tweets Attack, Shoots Himself

Tyler Durden's picture

Vester Lee Flanagan - aka Bryce Williams - the gunman who killed two journalists during a live broadcast in Virginia has attempted suicide and is "in a very critical condition", media report.

He was dismissed in 2013, after gaining a reputation for being "difficult to work with," according to the station's management.


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In a stunning update, the gunman - has tweeted the moment he killed the two news people... (video has been removed from his twitter and facebook account which are now suspended)

The video can be found here (warning - extremely disturbing)

The reporter knew nothing until the first shot went off!!



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Update: Shooter believed to be “disgruntled employee”

As The Daily Beast reports,

In the tweets, Flanagan hinted at possible motives for the shooting. He tweeted about filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and alleged that the reporter had made racist comments. “They hired her after that???” he tweeted. The slain producer, he claimed, complained to HR about him after working together one time. His final text tweet boasted about filming the attack.


ABC News said it recieved a 23-page fax from Flanagan and turned it over to authorities.

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While Americans are becoming numb to inner city violence, shooting sprees, and lone gunmen at military installations, the following stunning clip - from live TV at the Bridgewater Plaza in Bedford County, Virginia - of a reporter and photographer being shot and killed is likely to raise the public's awareness of the underlying chaos occurring under the surface in America every day...


As RT reports,

A gunman has opened fire on a TV news crew conducting a live broadcast from Virginia shopping center on Wednesday. Police are reporting three victims, though their conditions are currently unknown. The shooter is still on the loose.


Video from the scene appears to show a crew from local TV outlet WDBJ7 being attacked in the middle of a live report at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia.


A reporter was interviewing a woman at the shopping center when the gunman walked into view, firing what sounded to be at least six shots.


The station has confirmed the incident involved one of its crews.


Police are looking for the shooter and hope to soon release a description of the individual to the public.


Nearby Bedford County schools are currently on lockdown as police search for the shooter, ABC 13 reported. The Virginia Department of Transportation has reported a high-priority situation, announcing the closure of Route 122 in the area.

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silverer's picture

Should have armed themselves.

Latina Lover's picture

Why would anyone shoot a camera man and then a reporter in ther back? Was it a robbery? If not, who benefits from this event? It smells.

Regardless, my sincere condolences to the families. Perhaps TV crews will now need armed security escorts, a common feature in many parts of the third world.

rsnoble's picture

You can't make sense out of insanity.

Normalcy Bias's picture

What are the odds the shooter was another known nutcase taking heavy psych meds?

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

My money is on gang initiation.  80% of gun homicides are gang related.

darkhorse007's picture

Images floating around online appear to be a white man. I'm going with mentally unstable man that was obsessed with the reporter.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Honest question for the right wing lunatics on this board:

How many more people need to die before we introduce sensible gun control laws?? 

Gun violence in America is going through the roof, and these stupid right wing idiots still think "the right to bear arms" is more importnat than the lives of innocent people. This exactlywhy we need a Hillary presidency in 2016 - she is the only candidate who will outlaw semi-automatics and introduce laws that significantly restrict access to dangerous firearms.

Sanity Bear's picture

Chicago has your "sensible gun laws". Ask around how that's working out for them.

NoDebt's picture

I'm never playing miniature golf again.

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

99% of ALL murders by gun are performed by leftist nut-jobs and/or EBT Obama voters.  Very true - do some research.  Start with Chicago, go on to Gabby Giffords, and keep looking at the data.


Ban leftist nut-job and EBT Obama voters... NOW!!!!  Allow the sane people to continue to defend themselves.

Santini Air's picture
Santini Air (not verified) Creepy A. Cracker Aug 26, 2015 9:41 AM

Any non-corporate sources to confirm this actually happened?

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

If you truly want to save lives, banning guns is a punt.  Of est 300 million guns in private hands, 0.0037% are used in murders, and of those in excess of 80% are gang related, per the CDC.

So if you're truly looking to address meaningful correlation,  you have to look at why gangs have become so prevelant in the last 60 years.

When you do that, inevitably you have to look at the direct correlation to the growth of the Welfare Society, LBJ, and decades of failed progressive Wars on Poverty, and add the overlay of how the banking cartel system under which we all suffer has compounded the problems of poverty and struggling families.

In other words, we have to look at the complete and utter failures of Central Planning. 

That's an anathema to any progressive since they worship the very essence of it in all their wisdom and smug self-satisfaction about their own views.

So, blame guns. That's easy, and guns are the reset button for liberty, which they also hate!

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

If not gangs (the shooter was white I hear, meanging % are down its gang), the camera man was banging the reporter and the shooter was the husband or a jilted ex.

Behind gang shootings, domestic violence is pretty high up, way ahead of mental cases going postal.

J S Bach's picture

If only guns were illegal... then it wouldn't have shot them.

CheapBastard's picture

Stalin, Pol Pot, etc would never have been able to commit their atrocities if their citizens had been armed.

remain calm's picture

We need to deport these criminals back to where they came from......HELL.

Lets EXCECUTE this MF'er. No trial, no lawyers saying he is mentally ill and needs help. Fuck that, Find him and kill him. Fuck all you liberal righteous mother fuckers. Exterminate him quickly.

Santini Air's picture
Santini Air (not verified) remain calm Aug 26, 2015 10:26 AM

Watched the "shooting" video and it looks pretty damn fake.  The "victims" are probably safe in a gated community now in Tel Aviv....

THX 1178's picture

I don't understand why we give these so-called professionals preferential treatment. How many innocenthumans have died at the hand of US military terrorists in the middle east droning little children? How many innocent americans have been casualties of the War on drugs in the land of the free. How many people have been killed for having plants in their pockets in the land of the free? Is it because they have stern dispositions and shaved faces? Why the fuck are we considering them authority figures. 

Save_America1st's picture

looks like youtube has scrubbed the video link. 


Here's the video from the shooter using his own GoPro. 

Clearly GoPro cameras now need to be banned as well...





Save_America1st's picture


so this was a work-related beef that some douche-bag co-worker had with the reporter and the camera man. 


crank up the audio of the GoPro from the 17 seconds you hear him whisper, "Bitch" about the lady reporter. 


Santini Air's picture
Santini Air (not verified) Save_America1st Aug 26, 2015 12:04 PM

Whether this shooting is real or not... if you continue working for establishment media (and you DO know full well the lies they peddle) you are THE ENEMY and you deserve to be shot or worse!!

Santini Air's picture
Santini Air (not verified) Santini Air Aug 26, 2015 12:13 PM

Watch teh fucking video you goddamn sheep!  There is no (what appears to be Glock 19) in teh video but yet appears on the screen image used here?  Plus she looks like she has been nudged from her left but is supposedly shot from the front?  No blood?  Another fucking media hoax... quit being so goddamn stupid!!!

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Santini Air (not verified) kralizec Aug 26, 2015 12:27 PM

How is teh gunman shooting from teh same vantage point as cameraman?  Pistol shows up in teh Twitter image but does not show up in video?  Camera man does not show up in teh Twitter image?  Does that make sense to you?

nuubee's picture

Actually, it does you tinfoil hat moron. TV Cameras have lots of optics and are generally significantly longer than gopros. This doesn't even take into account the visual cone of the TV camera and how it wouldn't catch something right next to it. But don't let your estimation of the facts get in your way, continue posting nonsense bile.

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Santini Air (not verified) nuubee Aug 26, 2015 12:45 PM

Fuck you you dumb SHILL!  The "shooter" walks up to teh left of teh cameraman holding a pistol and a camera phone (easily in the peripheral vision of the reporter and lady being interviewed), nobody notices... shoots twice (right by the cameraman's head) but he continues filming for another 2 seconds before he is also shot?  STAGED!!


Save_America1st's picture

well, we all might be safe from the gun-grabbers, the race-baters, obama, sharpton, and jessie over this one, folks.


Killer was black and he murdered 2 whities.  Obviously it's a justifiable homicide because we all know there's no such thing as black on white racism or violence.  It only works the other way around.

obama, sharpton, and jessie will obviously sit back and let this one slide while waiting for the retaliatory white guy shooting black guy scene to occur so that they can resume screaming raaaaayyyyyycism and demanding all whities hand over our racist guns.

Killer is also said to have finally died from his suicide attempt.  This will all be swept under the rug now.

Turns out 'ol Vester Lee "Flanagan" was about as Irish/white as Shaquil O'Neal.  LOL



Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Sure as shit aren't gonna have a full-on Ferguson chimp-out with marches led by nigger racists like Sharpton and our Chief Negrotiator.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

Look at the camera man, camera pointing out away from the interview of reporter and subject, WTF (his back convienently away from approaching shooter) WTF.  Who does this during a live interview, they dont show landscapes while someone is supposedly answering questions on live TV.  My bullshit detector is going off.

Four chan's picture

another black red pill's a nation/the world. we have a problem america. avoid the groid.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

It is the, not teh you fucking ignorant cock sucker.

Santini Air's picture
Santini Air (not verified) 83_vf_1100_c Aug 26, 2015 12:46 PM

fuck yourself you corporate faggot!

Big Corked Boots's picture

You jumped "teh" shark about 4 user names ago, fonestar.

Rock On Roger's picture

I have to agree with you Santini. For example the interviewed person's hands are never clasped in the live broadcast but they are in the twitter fake. In the live video you can see the smoke from the first gunshot coming from the left of the frame.


Silly people and their black and white, left and right, christian and muslim, red pill and blue pill.

Divide and conquer.


Santini Air's picture
Santini Air (not verified) Rock On Roger Aug 26, 2015 1:01 PM

Look.. we have lots of experience with various firearms.  Can tell you personally, if a 9mm or .40S&W unexpectedly goes off right by your head, you are not filming anymore!  The cameraman would have immediately been startled, deaf, stunned and dropped his camera.  But this one goes on filming for the first several shots?!?!?

taoJones's picture

SA, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of most of your comments, but you and others are making some valid points.  As someone with experience with discharging a handgun, I can attest to the deafening sound they make - even when wearing ear protection.  Hollywood fails big time with that in virtually every instance of firearm use on film.  Without ear protection, you will not be able to hear anything for several minutes, especially if the shot is that close.  Here, the cameraman barely flinched, if at all.  Another common visual fail, maybe not here, is the lack of recoil and/or slide movement.  We saw this with the Walter Scott "shooting".

As for all the naysayers, telling SA to seek help, etc. - you are not countering his points with a valid argument, just an ad hominem attack - shame on you!

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Santini Air (not verified) taoJones Aug 26, 2015 2:19 PM

Thank-you taojones... this is what we have been saying.  After 9/11, WMD, Sandy Hoax, "Eliot Rodger", etc, etc, etc.. you think people would be catching on to these things!  Nope!  Either this site is infested with .gov shills (every site with page rank is) or ZH users are dumber than we thought!!


Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

Look at the camera man, camera pointing out away from the interview has his back to the shooter.  WTF, strange to be doing a live interview and not recording the interview.  Camera men always pick up additional footage of landscape etc before or after interview, not during a live interview on air?  can anyone explain that one?

blackholes's picture

Funny how there's always a great gun story distraction when the market is on the brink.

nuubee's picture

He looks black-hispanic, just sayin...

I wonder if the reporters "racist comments" were something like, "I support Donald Trump."

Ok, yeah, that was cheap.

remain calm's picture

Santini, Put more tin foil on. Don't let them penetrate your thinking. YOU ARE SPECIAL

Divine Wind's picture




The beard of the shooter hints at this being an "Allah Snackbar" hit.

Speculation, mind you.

SSRI Junkie's picture

turns out to be another black on white murder making it not a hate crime. only whites hate and get charged with hate crimes