A reporter and cameramen for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, have been shot and killed Wednesday morning, throughout a live broadcast. The shooter was recognized as Bryce Williams, who was fired from the station in 2013. He dedicated suicide when confronted by police.
Bryce Williams, who labored for WDBJ from March 2012 to February 2013 as a multimedia journalist, in keeping with his LinkedIn profile.
According to inside WDBJ paperwork obtained by the Guardian, issues with Williams/Flanagan started shortly after he was employed.
“On three separate occasions in the past month in the past month and a half you have behaved in a manner that has resulted in on or more of your co-workers feeling threatened or uncomfortable,” information director Dan Dennison wrote within the memo, addressed to Bryce Williams, in May 2012.
In July, Dennison reprimanded Williams/Flanagan for repeated incidents of threatening coworkers. “You have been the common denominator in these and other incidents outlined previously,” the information director wrote.
“I’m not solely positive the place his head is at,” Dennison wrote to colleagues in December, noting Flanagan had one final probability to save lots of his job.
The February 2013 termination discover cites “unsatisfactory job performance and inability to work as a team member.”
A historical past of violent conduct is a far stronger and extra essential indicator of future violent conduct than psychological sickness is,” Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, instructed RT.
There has been some motion just lately on legal guidelines that may make it attainable to grab weapons from people deemed to pose a hazard to others, he added.
Williams/Flanagan has reportedly cited Charleston church taking pictures as a set off for his assault on WDBJ information crew. His tweets additionally reveal his frustrations.
At the press convention on I-66, a consultant of the Virginia state police instructed reporters that there hadn’t been a lot of a chase – “a mile and a half, maybe two” – earlier than the suspect swerved off the street. By the time the trooper approached the automotive, Williams/Flanagan had shot himself.
The automotive was nonetheless being processed for proof, so the authorities had no additional particulars they might share.
While Williams/Flanagan’s full manifesto-cum-suicide word is but to be printed anyplace, and is presumably proof within the ongoing investigation, ABC has cited excerpts.
The shooter apparently stated he was affected by racial discrimination and sexual harrassment at work, as a gay African-American.
“The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily…I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!” Williams/Flanagan reportedly wrote.
Shortly after 2 pm Eastern US time, ABC information reported that “a man claiming to be Bryce Williams called… over the last few weeks, saying he wanted to pitch a story, and wanted to fax information.”
A 23-page fax was obtained at 8:26 this morning – nearly two hours after Williams filmed himself taking pictures a WDBJ7 information crew – and stated he was pushed by the Charleston church taking pictures in June.
“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”ABC quoted the fax message. “What despatched me excessive was the church taking pictures. And my hole level bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”