Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two reporters murdered while covering story

 Second update: Williams killed himself.  Correction: State police corrected themselves and said he is still alive after shooting himself. He faxed a 23 page statement to tv station last night or this morning.

Update: Police searching for former WDBJ reporter Bryce Williams.  He posted videos he took of the shooting on Facebook and Twitter.  More info posted below. 

Warning: Graphic and violent video. 

Two WDBJ (Roanake, Va.) reporters were murdered at Smith Mountain Lake (Va.) while covering a story live on tv. Here is the video.  The first one shows the shooting. The second shows the coverage by their station.

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Now he is bragging about it on Facebook. He is Vester Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams:

He posted his own video recording of the shooting on his Facebook page and Twitter although the videos have been removed.  Liveleak has the video posted.   Warning: Video is VIOLENT, GRAPHIC, AND SHOWS THE SHOOTING OF THE VICTIMS. 

Here is his Twitter page: 

Update: A road rage incident earlier this year popped up on Youtube a few hours ago. 



Anonymous said...

Five bucks says it's the ex-boyfriend of the female reporter.

Five hundred bucks says the Democrats and the JFP (same thing) will blame this on the NRA and law abiding gun owners everywhere.

noel said...

shooter just tweeted video of the shooting from his perspective

Anonymous said...

The creep just tweeted video of himself shooting the victims... Disgruntled ex-employee of the tv station

Anonymous said...

I don't blame "gun owners." I blame a country and its Congress who keep allowing these massacres to happen. Australia had mass shootings and passed strict gun control. Now it doesn't have mass shootings.

But by all means, folks, celebrate your gun hobbies as justifying all these people's deaths. Other people's blood is worth your entertainment.

Anonymous said...

He posted the video to his FB page... WOW. Sad world we live in.

Anonymous said...

Had this digruntled employee come to Mississippi, he couldn't receive the death penalty for these murders, as the crime would've been committed during our "temporary ban." We wouldn't want this cold blooded killer to suffer any pain while dying... (SARCASM)

Anonymous said...

The live link link does not work

Anonymous said...

Warning. This is the graphic video from the shooter's perspective.

Gun conspiracy people are already out saying that it looks like it was blanks.

Update as of 10 minutes ago: "Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has posted a call for action to stop gun violence in the wake of the shooting."

Anonymous said...

ABC News reportinf that it received a fax containing a 23-page manifesto from someone named Bryce Williams.

Anonymous said...

Will the media press the victims' families to forgive the shooter today? They've set that precedent.

Anonymous said...

shooter killing folk? happens every couple of days here in the neighborhoods of jackson better known as stokesburg

Anonymous said...

A black dude murdering white folks over "racist" comments? GTFO. If he hadn't killed himself I wonder what his defense would've been?

Anonymous said...

The white reporter used to date the black shooter. Supposedly there's some racist gibberish in the manifesto.

Anonymous said...

Don't you guys know the rules?

White racist kills black people = Solemn national conversation about white racism.

Black racist kills white people = Solemn national conversation about guns.

Get with the program, people.

Anonymous said...

This is a horrible situation and prayers go out to families and friends of all involved. However, 10:28, you can't compare the U.S. with Australia and think the same thing will happen here. Also, ask yourself this - if our "government" can't keep illegal people, drugs, alcohol during the prohibition, etc. out, what makes you think they can somehow keep guns out? Gun control would likely just open up another profit center for the Mexican cartels among others.

Anonymous said...

Don't think a debate on either gun control or racism is apt here. What needs to happen is a debate on mental health and what is wrong with our society.

This guy has a grudge against his former employer. There are also rumors or speculation about his past relationship with the reporter he shot. There is nothing new about either of these situations. If this guy broke into her house and shot her, it would go down as DV and we, several states away, would not have heard about it. But that this guy chose to do this on live television, while wearing a body cam is abnormally disturbing.

Again, this is neither a race or gun issue. It is symptomatic of something very wrong in our society.

Anonymous said...

According to the shooter's "manifesto," one of his grievances was discrimination as a homosexual. So I doubt he dated the reporter.

Anonymous said...

3:19 - what is wrong with our society is that the mentally ill are allowed to purchase weapons. Just like the shooting in Louisiana (which JJ ignored), we've got an apparent (there we had a diagnosed) mentally ill person who was able to procure a weapon. Shouldn't happen.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps not romantic in nature. But there has to be a reason he targeted these two. I mean, how did he know that they were filming on that location. Also, one of the tweets posted above says "They hired her after that." One could take that to be a reference to her being hired after he was let go to take his place.

Anonymous said...

Flanagan was diagnosed mentally ill? Link?

Anonymous said...

at 4:02 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of delusions of grandeur and social media posting.

Kingfish said...

The reporters often tweet or put on FB where they r doing stories. He could have followed the news truck as well.

Anonymous said...

More "gun control" is NOT the answer. Our constitution protects the rights of citizens to own guns so......we can't ban them altogether. And, while it is a good idea to restrict sale of a gun to a person who is certifiably unstable, that would first require the unstable person to have sought psychiatric treatment...which MOST will not have done BEFORE killing people. But there is ONE thing that will slow this epidemic and that is for the news media to REFUSE to give these reprobates any air time. Report the killing, if you MUST, with a ticker line at the bottom of the screen or in a brief 2-3 line narrative. Then, DON'T MENTION IT AGAIN!! These fools are either trying to make themselves "important" or they are trying to further an agenda of some sort. Don't give the audience they've come to expect. Then they'll no longer be drawn to this particular type of "demonstration". Same goes for Black Lives Matter and any other public agitators.

Anonymous said...

To 4:02.....unless someone has sought treatment and been diagnosed as mentaly ill, how are we to know? Maybe we should give the government the authority to make that decision based on libral politician's guidelines ?!? Folks like you, those who see a central government as the do all/be all for everyone (IE: socialism), are discusting.

Anonymous said...

the guy in Louisiana had been committed to inpatient mental treatment. I'm not sure what this most recent gunman's issues were, but he clearly had problems, likely sociopathic, and also likely, undiagnosed.

Anonymous said...

If we had the balls to do it, public executions would solve this kind of problem

Anonymous said...

Jackson, Mississippi is full of ignorant, racist, S.O.B.s just like this guy.

Anonymous said...

Here it comes.
White Lives Matter!

Anonymous said...


Umm public excutions probably wouldn't help as these wackos usually publicly execute themselves.

Heart of The Matter said...

Homosexual black man uses gun to kill two white heterosexuals and critically wound another.

Time to ban that damned 'Gay Pride' flag!

Anonymous said...

Is nothing too sacred for drawing website hits?

I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something, something I can use
People love it when you lose
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Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

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We got the bubble-headed bleach-blonde, comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It's interesting when people die
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation? Is the head dead yet?
You know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
Get the widow on the set
We need dirty laundry

You don't really need to find out what's going on
You don't really want to know just how far it's gone
Just leave well enough alone
Keep your dirty laundry

Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're stiff, kick 'em all around

Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody's pie
Love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
When it's said and done, we haven't told you a thing
We all know that crap is king
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