Someone claiming to be accused Virginia shooter Bryce Williams faxed ABC News
a 23-page manifesto saying his inspiration for shooting a reporter and cameraman Wednesday morning were the church shootings in Charleston, S.C.
“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…," the document says, referring to the shootings that left nine churchgoers dead in June inside a Charleston church.
Williams, whose legal name is Vester Flanagan, died this afternoon from injuries he suffered after shooting himself when authorities confronted him.
“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them," the document sent to ABC said, along with, “The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily...I’ve been Ta human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”.
ABC reports that Bryce Williams called them over the past few weeks wanting to pitch a story, and wanted to fax over information but never gave specifics of the story.
"This morning a fax was in the machine (time stamped 8:26 a.m.) almost two hours after the shooting. A little after 10 a.m., (Bryce Williams) called again, and introduced himself as Bryce, but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he shot two people this morning."
ABC reported that the caller said police were after him. They immediately called authorities and gave them the fax.
Alison Parker and Adam Ward, a reporter and videographer at the Roanoke, Virginia's WDBJ-TV station both died at the scene of the shooting.
The document, which the writer at one point calls a suicide note to friends and family, talks of a race war and makes references to Charleston shooter Dylan Roof.
“As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He added that Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.
Often rambling, the manifesto expresses support and admiration for Virginia Tech mass killer, Seung Hui Cho and for the Columbine High School killers.
“Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho. That’s my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harris and Dylann Klebold got…just sayin’.
Among the grievances in the document:
- He says he suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work.
- Black men and white females attacked him. He also was attacked for being gay.
"Yes, it will sound like I am angry...I am. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace....”
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