|Flanagan (aka Williams) (Source)|
A fax reportedly transmitted two hours after this morning’s shooting appears to contain “suicide notes” authored by a man named Bryce Williams.
“What sent me over the top was the church shooting,” the author says, referring to June’s mass shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. "And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”
“As for [Charleston shooting suspect] Dylann Roof? You [censored]! You want a race war [censored]? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …[censored]!!!”
The author then claims “Jehovah” told him to act on his plans.
“Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho. That’s my boy right there,” the notes continue, referencing the gunman who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. "He got NEARLY double the amount that [Columbine High School shooters] Eric Harris and Dylann Klebold got…just sayin’.”
The fax, entitled "Suicide Note for Friends and Family,” concludes with a list of grievances that include “racial discrimination” and “sexual harassment” in the workplace, and makes reference to the author’s homosexuality.
“The church shooting was the tipping point ... but my anger has been building steadily,” reads the last line of the note. "I’ve been a human powder keg for a while … just waiting to go BOOM!!!"
Flanagan was also once reprimanded by WDBJ editors for wearing an Obama campaign sticker on his jacket while reporting from an election booth in 2012, saying it 'demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of your role as an on-air journalist' and was a clear breach of impartiality rules.The story further indicates that Flanagan was a serial complainer when it came to allegations of racial harassment. According to the article, he was also believed to have mental problems and/or anger issues.
**Note: Just a reminder that despite the media's glorification of such crimes, gun violence continues to decline.
Update (8/29/2015): Minor change to headline/title.