The former WDBJ-7 News Director who hired — and fired — the man who fatally shot reporter Alison Parker and videojournalist Adam Ward says Vester Flanagan was a “professional victim” with a history of personal conflicts. Flanagan was better known by his on-air name of Bryce Williams. Dan Dennison says Flanagan never understood he was the source of those conflicts. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
(Associated Press contributed the Dan Dennison audio to this report)
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Virginia medical officials say a TV news reporter and cameraman who were killed during a live broadcast both suffered gunshot wounds to the head. The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke office said Friday that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker’s official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Cameraman Adam Ward’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Homicide is listed as the manner of death for both Parker and Ward. The medical examiner’s office did not specify how many times Parker and Ward were shot during Wednesday’s attack.
An independent radio and television producer has spoken of his interactions with Vester Flanagan, the man authorities say shot and killed two WDBJ7 journalists Wednesday before killing himself. Andre Whitehead remembers Flanagan, as a person who felt discriminated against when he worked there as a reporter, but Whitehead believes those claims were unfounded. WFIR’s Luke Church has the story.