This is horrific. On the day the Virginia shooter, Vester Flanagan, was fired from WDBJ for being ‘difficult,’ the station manager claimed they were forced to call the police to escort him out of the building after his ‘anger’ turned violent.
A couple years before Vester Flanagan, 41, shot and killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, on-air, he was fired from the Roanoke, Virginia station, WDBJ7. While discussing the tragic killing of Alison and Adam, the stations’ managers revealed that when Vester was terminated in 2013, he made an extremely violent exit and employees were forced to take cover. Find out all the horrifying details.
“I’ll tell you what I know,” Jeff Marks, station manager of WDBJ said of Vester (formerly known on-air as Bryce Williams) to the Daily Call. “Vester was an unhappy man. We employed him as a reporter and he had some talent in that respect and some experience, although he had been out of the business for a while. When he was hired here, he quickly gathered a reputation as someone who was difficult to work with. He was sort of looking out for people to say things that he could take offense to.”
Jeff revealed that were “many incidents” where Vester’s “anger came to the fore,” noting that was the reason he was let go. “He did not take that well,” Jeff continued. “We had to call the police to escort him from the building.” Former station manager Dan Dennison added that Vester “said he had to go to the bathroom, stood up abruptly, stormed out of the room, and slammed the door,” forcing a frightened sales team to take cover in a locked office, according to The Daily Beast.
Jeff claims that Vester filed a complaint with the government, accusing the station’s employees of racism. Less than two hours after Vester killed Alison and Adam, he sent ABC News an apparent suicide note that detailed his motivation for the shooting — in which he claimed racism and sexual discrimination drove him to kill. After the shooting, he allegedly took to Twitter under his professional name Bryce Williams and tweeted: “Alison made racist comments. EEOC report filed,” and, “They hired her after that??? Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time.” So chilling.
Our thoughts remain with Alison and Adam’s loved ones during this difficult time.
— Julianne Ishler