MONETA, Virginia (Reuters) – Two television journalists were shot dead in Virginia on Wednesday morning while doing a live interview, and authorities suspect a former employee of their television station WDBJ7 to have opened fire.
After a chase, the suspect attempted to end his life and was pronounced dead at the hospital where he was admitted, police said This is Vester Flanagan, aged 41, said the police.
The tragedy occurred during a live broadcast of Bedford County, 190 km the capital of Virginia, Richmond. A journalist and a cameraman 24 years 27 years died in the fire. The woman journalist was interviewing was injured in the shooting and had to undergo surgery, said the general director of the channel, Jeff Marks.
A few hours after the shooting, shots videos of fire were published on Twitter and Facebook accounts without that one knows immediately if they were broadcast by the author himself. They have since been removed from social networks.
texts published on social networks, also by a person who appears to be Vester Flanagan himself, showed strong resentment against the TV channel WDBJ7 affiliated with CBS, the suspect left it two years ago.
In a fax of 23 pages sent by Vester Flanagan to the ABC News television channel, he explained his actions by shootings Charleston on 17 June during which nine African-American were killed in a church.
Vester Flanagan said he suffered from racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying. He says he was attacked by black men and white women, partly because he was gay and black.
“The church’s killing was for me a break point, but my anger was built gradually, “he said in the fax to ABC News. “I was a powder keg for a while, which was just waiting to explode.”
(Laila Kearney and Barbara Goldberg in New York; and Nicolas Delame Eric Faye for the French service)