A VIDEO of the man who shot two American journalists on live TV
has emerged showing him in an angry road rage incident just a
few weeks ago.
Vester Lee Flanagan is seen threatening motorist, Brandon
Foster, in a Roanoke, Virginia car park on July 6 near the WDBJ7
newsroom where reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam
Ward, 27, worked.
YouTube user Mr Foster posted the footage after recognising
Flanagan - who also called himself Bryce Williams - as the
gunman who brutally shot the journalists in an early morning
live broadcast yesterday.
Mr Foster said: "It's tough to realise I'd come toe to toe with
him in that way. I offer my condolences to the families of the
two journalists killed."
He told how he was driving along a three-lane highway when he
saw a car driving "in excess of 100mph", dangerously weaving
from lane one to three between cars.
He stopped at a red traffic light and the car was in the lane
next to him so he shouted at the driver, who he believes was
Flanagan, who put down the chicken nuggets he was eating, rolled
his window down and picked up his phone to start filming Mr
Mr Foster added: "He wanted me to re-live the confrontation, it
was over in my mind but when the light went green he followed me
and boxed me out but I managed to get in front of him when
someone honked their horn and he looked back."
The frightened driver drove into a Sportsman Warehouse car park
and started filming on his phone after Flanagan, wearing
camouflage trousers and a blue American football jersey,
followed him in, got out of his car and started filming Mr
The pair exchanged brief angry words and Mr Foster added: "I got
out of my vehicle quickly so I wasn't boxed in and went quickly
to the store so there were other people around because he
obviously wasn't in his right mind."
Flanagan, 41, a disgruntled former WDBJ7 employee, filmed the
sickening incident yesterday morning of him killing his two
former colleagues and severely injuring interviewee Vicki
He then sent a disturbing 23-page fax to the ABC newsroom saying
his reaction to the Charleston church shooting of nine black
parishioners by Dylann Roof in June inspired him to buy a gun
and carry out the attack.
In the letter, which he called a "suicide note for friends and
family" he said the bullets "have the victims' initials on them".
He also claimed he had been attacked by black men and white
females and was victimised for being a gay black man.
Station manager, Jeff Marks, said: "I cannot tell you how much
Alison and Adam were loved."
He said Flanagan was an "unhappy man" who had to be escorted by
police from the news building after he was fired in 2013.
Mr Ward's fiancée, Melissa Ott, was said to be producing the
programme and was in the control room when she saw the shooting
Flanagan died in hospital yesterday afternoon after he shot
himself when police cornered him in his car.
His family have released a statement giving their "deepest
condolences to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward".
It added: "Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the
victim's families and with WDBJ television station family."
The shooting prompted President Barack Obama to yet again call
for tougher gun laws in the country which has been riddled with
shooting after shooting.
He said: "We're willing to spend trillions of dollars to prevent
terrorist activities, but we haven't been willing so far at
least to impose some common sense gun safety measures."
But Republican presidential hopefuls Jim Gilmore and Ben Carson
warned against a rush to introduce tougher gun controls.
Mr Gilmore, a former Virginia governor, said: "We're not going
to let this madman take away the lawful rights of Americans to
keep and bear arms.
"We're going to stand up for the second amendment."