“And I’m going to do everything I can now to make sure her life has meaning, that people remember her and that we don’t have another Newtown, that we don’t have another movie theater shooting, that we don’t have another Charleston”, he said.
CBS News confirms that the suspected shooter, identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, is a “disgruntled employee” of WDBJ7 Vester Flanagan who went by Bryce Williams on-air.
That Flanagan suffered from some form of mental illness seems more likely than not, given the 23-page manifesto he faxed to ABC News two hours after the killings but before he turned the gun on himself. Jeff Marks, the station’s general manager, said none of the employees had received a warning that Flanagan meant to target Ward or Parker.
On WDBJ on Thursday morning, Kimberly McBroom, an anchor, said, “We come to you this morning with very heavy hearts”, as she and her colleagues remembered Alison Parker, 24, a reporter, and Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman. Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed by Parker, was also wounded but survived.
At 6:45am – the time of the shooting dead of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward – the station observed a moment of silence, showing the victim’s photos on the screens.
Both of their causes of death are listed as homicides by the US state’s medical examiner’s office.
“After being injured and having witnessed the murders of Alison and Adam, she walked herself to the ambulance and called her husband to let him know what had happened”.
After fleeing the scene, police said Flanagan committed suicide yesterday afternoon on a Virginia highway.
He shot himself after authorities later caught up to him.
“He shot three times at my wife”, said Tim Gardner.
Gardner added that the gunman missed his wife twice, and she then dove to the ground, curled up in a ball and was shot in the back. “At the appropriate time, he looks forward to working side-by-side with the families and all Virginians who want to push tougher legislation through Congress to reduce gun violence and prevent such tragedies from happening here and across the country”, said Amy Dudley, Kaine’s spokeswoman.
Investigators found a wig, shawl, sunglasses, hat and a “to do” list in his rented auto.