More information on Shooter Vester Flanagan

Vester Flanagan

(CNN) – WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks said of Vester Flanagan, “Two years ago, we had to separate him from the company. We did understand that he was still living in the area.” He added that WDBJ is cooperating with police and has handed over to police information on Flanagan’s history with the station and the video of the shooting.

• Though Marks has heard of Flanagan leveling accusations in the past, he said, “I don’t think (reporter) Alison (Parker) and that individual even overlapped here.” Marks added that he was not exaggerating when he says that Parker and photographer Adam Ward were “the kindest and nicest people who worked here. … I can’t figure out any connection.”

• The shooting made Marks want to step out of his role as a journalist and say of the shooter, “I don’t know whether I want him to live or die,” he told CNN.

Law enforcement confronted Vester Flanagan on Interstate 66 and Flanagan shot himself, officials tell CNN. It is not clear whether he was killed or injured.

• ABC News reported that it has received a fax containing a 23-page manifesto from someone named Bryce Williams, the news outlet tweeted. The document has been handed over to investigators, ABC said.

• Virginia Tech, photographer Adam Ward’s alma mater, said in a statement, “It is shocking and deeply saddening for this community to be again struck by gun violence. We deplore this senseless violence, now seemingly commonplace in our society.”

• One of Ward’s professors, Robert Denton, added, “Adam was a delightful person. He worked hard — you could tell he loved what he was doing. He wasn’t afraid to pitch in and do whatever was necessary for the broadcast. He did whatever was needed with a smile and with grace. He was simply a very nice young man and very professional.

• Flanagan was a reporter for WTOC in the late 90’s before moving on to other stations throughout his career.

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We have more information on the shooting that claimed the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward here and here.

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