Vester Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, the Virginia Gunman, Is Dead
Vester Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, the man who allegedly fatally shot two employees of WDBJ on Wednesday, has died, the Daily Beast reports. Authorities put the time of death at 1:30 p.m. local time.
Despite initial reports Flanagan had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities told WDBJ the shooter, a former "disgruntled" employee of the station, still had a pulse but was in critical condition around noon.
Virginia State Police had written on Facebook that Flanagan was taken into police custody and was being treated at a hospital for "life-threatening injuries."
According to the police's Facebook statement, officers saw the vehicle Flanagan had been driving traveling eastbound on Interstate 66 around 11:30 a.m. local time.
Police said the driver was "believed to be the same male subject who shot three people this morning ... during a television news interview."
Authorities pursued Flanagan for several hours after he allegedly shot and killed 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward during an interview at Bridgewater Plaza shopping center near Smith Mountain Lake.
WDBJ had fired Flanagan in 2013, the Associated Press reports. The station's president Jeffrey Marks reportedly described Flanagan as "an unhappy man" who was "difficult to work with."
"Eventually after many incidents of his anger ... we dismissed him," Marks said. "He did not take that well."
Correction: Aug. 27, 2015