We still can’t believe this happened. A former WDBJ7 employee has been identified as a suspect in the shooting of Alison Parker, Adam Ward and Vicki Gardner in Virginia on Aug. 26. But is his name Bryce Williams or Vester Flanagan? Let us explain.
WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, 24, were horrifically shot and killed while doing a live interview in Virginia on Aug. 26, and a few hours later, police identified their former co-worker, who later committed suicide, as a suspect. If you’ve been following the story, you might be asking yourself why their have been two names — Vester Flanagan and Bryce Williams — mentioned in regards to the suspect. But don’t worry, we have the explanation.
Well, both names actually belong to the dead shooting suspect. Bryce Williams was his professional name, as well as the name he used on his Twitter (@Bryce_Williams7) and Facebook profiles. But Vester Flanagan is his real name.
After the tragic shooting, Vester shared horrifying videos of the attack. Also found on @Bryce_Williams7’s page? A series of tweets about the victims. “Alison made racist comments,” the suspect wrote. “EEOC report filed. They hired her after that??? Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time!!!”
The event happened on the morning of Aug. 26 during an interview. Both Alison and Adam were conducting an interview with Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Vicki Gardner, before all three were allegedly shot by Vester, 41. He had previously worked at the news station with Alison and Adam, but he used his professional name, Bryce Williams. And he was reportedly fired for undisclosed reasons.
When police eventually caught up with Vester — they wanted him for questioning — he shot himself in the head and later died in the hospital.
Our thoughts remain with Alison and Adam’s family and friends during this difficult time, as well as Vicki, whom we hope has a speedy recovery.
— Chris Rogers