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The horrific on-air shooting of a Roanoke, Va. news journalist and her cameraman by former newsman Vester Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, has shocked the nation to the core. Flanagan, who shot himself and later died of his wounds on, was connected to the WDBJ-7 news crew as a former employee who had some personal issues with the station.

The situation unfolded during a live WDBJ-7 broadcast with reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward onsite on Wednesday (Aug. 26) morning around 6:45 a.m at a plaza. After Flanagan flashed his gun in the camera and gunned down Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, during the live broadcast. Flanagan then uploaded the video to his social media accounts, which was shared heavily before largely being scrubbed from the Internet.

In the wake of Flanagan’s death, many are scrambling to unveil details of the troubled former reporter’s background and it figures to potentially be a lengthy process. The tragic event has been part of the national conversation since yesterday, sparking heated debates about gun control laws in the country.

On the following pages, Hip-Hop Wired examines what we know about Virginia television shooter Vester Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams.

Photo: WDBJ-7

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