Suspected Virginia Gunman Released Racially-Charged Letter

Crime | August 27, 2015, Thursday // 11:09|  views

Vester Lee Flanagan, the man suspected of shooting dead two television journalists during a live broadcast in Virginia, US on Wednesday, has died in hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, international news outlets reported.

His name was initially reported as Lester Lee Flanagan, a former employee of WDBJ7 TV station where the two victims also worked. He shot himself after being confronted by police.

A man claiming to be Flanagan faxed a 23-page document to ABC News two hours after the killings, in which he reportedly wrote that he suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work, because he was a gay black man. More than am hour later, a man called the station claiming to be Williams and that he had shot dead two colleagues.

In the letter, which he called a “Suicide Note for Friends and Family”, he also said that he was sent over the edge in part by the recent mass shooting of black worshippers in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as personal experience with racism and homophobia. "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!!!!", Vester Lee Flanagan reportedly wrote, according to ABC.

Flanagan was a reporter at WDBJ7 for less than a year, from March 2012 until February 2013. When he was fired in February 2013, police had to escort him from the building and employees were warned to call police if he returned.





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