The suspect in the fatal on-air shooting of reporter, Alison Parker and cameraman, Adam Ward, in Virginia said the Charleston church massacre made him “snap,” according to ABC News.
Suspect Vester Flanagan wanted to spark a “race war” between blacks and whites.
“MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS. Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15,” wrote Vester Lee Flanagan II, a former on-air reporter who worked at Roanoke affiliate WDBJ under the name Bryce Williams.
“What sent me over the top was the church shooting,” wrote Flanagan in a 23-page fax sent to the news outlet. “And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them. As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!”
In addition, Flanagan explained that Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act on the killing of the two journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, in Virginia, Wednesday morning.
Flanagan had been contacting ABC News, wanting to pitch a story via fax machine. Although, he never revealed what the story was, but on Wednesday at 8:26 a.m., just around two hours after the shooting, the 23-page document came through in a fax.
The suspect called ABC and confessed that he was the one who shot the two journalists stating that the authorities were “after me” and “all over the place,” according to ABC News.