Vester Flanagan Manifesto: Read Excerpts From Virginia Gunman's Racially Charged Manifesto
Vester Lee Flanagan II, who fatally shot local television station employees Alison Parker and Adam Ward and wounded another woman Wednesday morning on live TV, faxed a 23-page manifesto he described as a "suicide note for friends and family" to ABC News explaining his motivation for the killings.
After sending the document to authorities, ABC News released excerpts of the manifesto, in which Flanagan stated he was motivated in part by the June massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black members of the historically black church's congregation. Roof posted a rambling manifesto online in which he described black people as subhuman and accused them of raping white women.
"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..." Flanagan wrote, explaining that as a gay, black man, he had suffered discrimination from others. "What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims' initials on them."
"As for Dylann Roof? You [deleted]! You want a race war [deleted]? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE ...[deleted]!!!" Flanagan wrote.
He also praised other perpetrators of gun massacres, saying Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho killed almost twice as many people in 2007 as those who died during the 1999 Columbine massacre.
"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," Flanagan wrote. "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!!!!"
Before he died, Flanagan uploaded videos of the killings to Twitter (under his professional name, Bryce Williams), accompanied by messages in which he alleged racial discrimination on the part of the victims.
A third woman injured in the shooting, Vicki Gardner, has survived surgery and is recovering in the hospital.
This story will be updated as more excerpts from the manifesto are made available.
Correction: Aug. 26, 2015