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Virginia killings: suspect a “powder keg” of anger

27 August 2015

The WDBJ-7 reporters were killed as they interviewed a woman who was also wounded in the attack allegedly carried out by a disgruntled former employee of the local TV station.

"You don’t expect something like this to happen, a mass shooting like this to happen in your community. It really just hit home. I feel like I knew Alison personally even though I only saw her on TV but she always brighten out my morning watching her on WDBJ-7," said Moneta resident Dalton Lucas.

The journalists shot dead were reporter Alison Parker, 24 and cameraman Adam Ward, 27.

The gunman, 41-year old Vester Flanagan, is said to have posted video on social networks of the fatal incident.

Hours after the shooting he sent a 23-page fax to the ABC network in which he claimed to have suffered racism, homophobia and bullying at work for being a gay black man.

Flanagan said the shooting was sparked by the June 17 mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine people were killed, and a white man has been charged in that rampage.

Flanagan, whose on-air name was Bryce Williams, is believed to have shot himself and was captured after a car chase. He later died of his injuries in hospital.

Adapted from Euronews

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