In his suicide note, Flanagan said the June church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, was one of the things that sparked his rampage, according to ABC News.
Vester Flanagan later died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
As tributes starts rolling to the two journalists from around the country, the small Virginia town gradually recovers from the on-air shooting that killed two television journalists by a former station employee in the beginning of this week.
Parker and Ward died of gunshot wounds to the head and body, the medical examiner’s office said Friday.
Parker’s boyfriend, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, said Parker went on an assignment with Flanagan when she was an intern and innocently remarked that her friend lived on “Cotton Hill Road”.
The documents also reveal Flanagan told Ward to “lose your fat gut” as the cameraman filmed him being escorted from the building by police after he lost his temper when told of his dismissal.
The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was wounded in the attack and is likely to make a full recovery, her husband said on Thursday.
She said she couldn’t see the shooter approaching because of the camera’s bright lights, Mr Gardner shared with ABC News.
Adam Ward, the cameraman who was shot dead whilst filming Parker on Wednesday morning, is to have his legacy marked by The Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association, who are now in the process of establishing a scholarship fund in his name.
He said he has talked with Gov. Terry McAuliffe about gun laws, but was disappointed that he hadn’t heard from Sens. “But there has to be a way to force politicians that are cowards, that are in the pockets of the NRA, to come to grips and have sensible laws so that insane people can’t have guns”. A former co-worker at a UnitedHealthcare call center where Flanagan worked until late 2014 said he tried to grab her shoulder and told her never to speak to him again after she offhandedly said he was unusually quiet. “This tragedy has struck a chord internationally, and each time something that this happens, it’s a news event…but I think it’s different this time”.
“If we can save one life, we need to do that”, he said. Federal authorities have determined that both weapons were purchased legally last month from a Virginia dealer and that Flanagan had passed a required background check. Flanagan accused her of making a racist remark, something he apparently did often.