ABC News reports that a man who identified himself as Bryce Williams contacted them for weeks before today’s senseless murder of 24-year old WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and 27-year old cameraman Adam Ward. The man said he wanted to pitch a story and send them a fax. Bryce Williams, whose real name is Vester Lee Flanagan, is the suspect in that shooting. He died hours after arriving at the hospital following shooting himself while being pursued by police. But, it is what he sent to ABC News that offers more disturbing insight into what happened on Wednesday morning.
Officials at ABC News said they did receive a 23 page fax at 8:26 am, approximately two hours after the shooting took place. In addition, they received a phone call at around 10 am from a man who again identified himself as Bryce. What he reportedly said during that call and in the fax was chilling.
During the phone call, the caller introduced himself as Bryce, but said his real name was Vester Lee Flanagan. He said that he had shot two people. Before hanging up the phone, the caller said police were “after me” and “all over the place.”
On the 23 page fax were the words “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS and my legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan II.” The document could be described as a rambling manifesto of Williams’ actions and what led up to them.
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…”
“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”
It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.
Later in the manifesto, the writer quotes the Virginia Tech mass killer, Seung Hui Cho, calls him “his boy,” and expresses admiration 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.'”
Williams also made claims of discrimination and harassment that he has endured. He claimed that he suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work. He also claimed that he had been black men and white woman and that he had been attacked for being a gay black man.
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While the full contents of the 23-page manifesto have not been revealed, as it is being reviewed by police, ABC News released another section related to why Williams said he committed the murderous act.
“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….”
“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!!!!”
According to Williams, he had the initials of the victims on his bullets. However, authorities do not know if he means the victims that died on Thursday morning or those killed by Dylann Roof in Charleston.