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Virginia TV Crew Suspect Allegedly Tweeted Alison Parker Was ‘Racist’

Wed, August 26, 2015 12:00pm EDT by 9 Comments

Vester Flanagan, a former WDBJ employee and suspect in the Virginia shooting, allegedly accused victim Alison Parker of being a racist on Twitter. Using the alias Bryce Williams, Vester posted a string of tweets complaining about the dead victims.

WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Aug. 26. The primary suspect, Vester Flanagan, had previously worked at the news station using the on-air name Bryce Williams, before he was reportedly fired for undisclosed reasons. Hours after the shooting, a Twitter user believed to be Vester Tweeted that Alison had “made racist comments” and Adam had gone to human resources, after “working with [him] one time.” See the tweets.

Below are the tweets from the Twitter account using handle @bryce_williams7, which has now been suspended.

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Along with the tweets, the Twitter user also shared a video of the incident, shot from a first hand perspective. In the video, the attacker, believed to be Vester, approaches Alison and is seen raising a gun and shooting at Alison.

As of 12:09 pm eastern time, Vester had shot himself but was alive in critical condition. He has been taken into police custody, following a standoff.

A third victim, Vicki Gardner, is currently in surgery following the attack. Vicki, who is the head of Smith Moutain Lake Chamber of Commerce, was being interviewed on air and was shot in the back. Her condition at this time is not known.

— Casey Mink