In a shocking and chilling turn of events in the USA, a black man fatally fired at two of his ex-colleagues, live on camera when the latter were shooting for a live show for the channel WSDJ.
The man, V Flanagan, who was fired from his job as a television reporter two years ago took revenge against the small-town Virginia news station by executing two of his former coworkers, 24 yr old Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward 27, on live television, and then posting disturbing first-person video of the attack on social media.
After carrying out the shocking on-air execution, Ward fled and posted video of the attack on social media while also writing about his grudges against the two young journalists in a Twitter rant.
Flanagan, who is African American, wrote that Parker made ‘racist comments’ and that a complaint was filed against her through the equal employment opportunity commission, but his station chose to hire her anyway.
He also faxed a 23-page manifesto-cum-suicide note to a national news station outlining his motives for the attack, saying he bought the handgun he used following the Charleston Church killings, adding: ‘my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them’.
Five hours later, police cornered Flanagan a three hours drive northeast in Fauquier County, Virginia where he shot himself in an attempt to commit suicide. Flanagan initially survived the gunshot wound, but died not long after at approximately 1:30pm
Cases of race crime related gun shootings have been on the rise in the USA, the last one having perpetrated at a church in Charleston, in June, where 9 people died.