The cameraman shot dead on live TV yesterday alongside a reporter had allegedly filmed his killer getting fired from the TV station where they worked two years ago, as it is revealed the shooter also tried to subpoena personal files on both of his victims.
Adam Ward, 27, was shot dead during a live broadcast watched by 40,000 people on WDBJ-TV yesterday in Moneta, Virginia, alongside reporter Alison Parker, 24, while in the middle of an interview with local Vicki Gardner who was also shot, but survived.
Killer Vester Flanagan used to work at same the TV station until he was fired in 2013, and now it had emerged that Ward captured that sacking on tape, including the moment Flanagan was escorted out of the building by police after refusing to leave.
Flanagan, who used the name Bryce Williams when reporting, was fired by the station after years of poor performance during which he became aggressive towards fellow colleagues and ‘always sought to play the race card’, it has been claimed.
In a 23-page manifesto-cum-suicide note to a national news station, he said he has faced both racial and sexual discrimination as a black, gay man and that he was just waiting to explode. He previously sued another station over allegations of race discrimination, claiming that a producer called him a ‘monkey’ in 1999.