Vester Lee Flanagan faxed a 23-page suicide note to ABC News after he killed two Roanoke, Virginia, journalists from WDBJ at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday.
At 8:26 a.m., ABC News reports it received a fax from a “Bryce Williams,” which was Flanagan’s name on WDBJ.
According to ABC News, Flanagan wrote he purchased his gun two days after the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June. “The church shooting was the tipping point… but my anger has been building steadily… I’ve been a human powder keg for a while… just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”
Flanagan said Charleston suspect Dylann Roof is getting the “race war” he wanted.
Flanagan also spoke of being attacked for being black and gay.
He had been a reporter at WDBJ for about a year using the on-air name, Bryce Williams, according to a former WDBJ employee.
Flanagan was fired from the station.
Jeffrey Marks, WDBJ’s president and general manager, said Flanagan had to be escorted by police out of the station when he was fired.
Marks described him as “an unhappy man” and “difficult to work with,” always “looking out for people to say things he could take offense to.”
Marks said Williams alleged that other employees made racially tinged comments to him, but said his EEOC claim was dismissed and none of his allegations could be corroborated.
“We think they were fabricated,” Marks said.