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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Virginia gunman 'road rage' video emerges showing angry confrontation just weeks before shooting
Footage has emerged online which appears to show Vester Lee Flanagan in an angry road rage confrontation with another motorist just weeks ago.
YouTube user Brandon Foster posted the footage after recognising the shooter's face as the horrific events unfolded in Virginia yesterday.
He wrote: "I posted this because I believe it may be Vester Lee Flanagan a.k.a. Bryce Williams, suspected of murdering Alison Parker and Adam Ward, and seriously injuring Vicki Gardner on 26 August, 2015 at Bridgewater Marina."
The video was filmed on July 6 in Roanoke,Virginia, and shows a man, believed to be Flanagan, standing in front a silver Mustang with the number plate WZE 8846.
In the 51-second clip, Mr Foster gets out of his car after pulling into a Sportsman Warehouse carpark.
Mr Foster told CNN he exchanged words with Flanagan at a red light after seeing him driving erratically at speeds of up to 100mph.
He claims Flanagan followed him to the car park before getting out his vehicle to confront him.
He wrote: “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 was not clear if the initials related to Charleston or his intended victims.
“As for Dylann Roof? You [deleted]! You want a race war [deleted]? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …[deleted]!!!” Williams also quoted Virginia Tech mass killer Seung-Hui Cho, calling him “his boy” and spoke of his admiration for the Columbine High School killers.
Flanagan called the document his “Suicide Note for Friends and Family.”
He added: “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!!!!”
Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton said during a news conference yesterday afternoon that Flanagan was clearly “disturbed” about situations in his life and was “spiralling out of control”.
The sheriff added that officials are examining the 23-page document for clues about his motive.