Virginia TV journalists’ murderer shot, kills self


A man who shot two journalists on live TV in the US state of Virginia has died after shooting himself, police say.
Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, an ex-employee of WDBJ7 TV known professionally as Bryce Williams, was in a car that was surrounded by police following a chase.
WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed some seven hours earlier during an interview in the town of Moneta.
The gunman later uploaded a video of himself opening fire at close range.
The White House has urged Congress to rapidly pass gun control laws in the wake of this latest shooting in the US.
Virginia State Police said the suspect’s vehicle had been spotted on the Interstate 66 highway following the shooting, and crashed off the road after being pursued by officers.
“Troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the force said in a statement.
He later died in hospital, a police spokesman said.
The Twitter account of Flanagan suggested he had held a grudge against Mr Ward, 27, and Ms Parker, 24.
Police said his utterances on social media the previous evening suggested the attack was pre-planned.
ABC News has meanwhile revealed that it received a 23-page fax, apparently sent by Flanagan on Wednesday morning, in which he claimed his anger had been “building steadily”.
The fax said the attack was intended to avenge the Charleston shootings earlier this year – a suspected hate crime in which a white gunman killed nine parishioners at an African-American church.
The rambling fax also complained of racial discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace, and professed admiration for the perpetrators of gun massacres at a US school and university.
The attack on the journalists took place at a large shopping centre, Bridgewater Plaza, near Smith Mountain Lake.
Ms Parker was starting a breakfast TV interview about …Read More

Source:: New Mail