Official Says Suspect In On-Air Fatal Shooting Is Dead

Photo of 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan (AKA Bryce Williams) who reportedly shot and killed two WDBJ7 employees during a live shot on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
Photo of 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan (AKA Bryce Williams) who reportedly shot and killed two WDBJ7 employees during a live shot on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

Moneta, Va. (AP) – A Virginia official says the suspect in the fatal shooting of two WDBJ7 employees during a live broadcast has died.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran says 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan died at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday.

Flanagan went by the name Bryce Williams on the air. He was a former employee at the station. The general manager says that he was known for being unhappy, angry and hard to work with, and that he was fired.

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were fatally shot during a live interview outside a shopping mall Wednesday morning.

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