ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Vester Flanagan constantly saw himself as the target in his conflicts with WDBJ-TV colleagues, leading his former boss to describe him as a “professional victim.”
When the station tried to persuade Flanagan to get along better with his co-workers, he accused them of discrimination.
“He was victimized by everything and everyone and could never quite grasp the fact that he was the common denominator in all of these really sometimes serious interpersonal conflicts that he had with people,” said Dan Dennison, the former news director at WDBJ in Virginia.
Flanagan killed two of his former colleagues on Wednesday during a live broadcast and later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On the day he was fired in 2013, Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into Dennison’s hand and said, “You’ll need this,” as two police officers escorted him out. Flanagan’s departure was filmed by Adam Ward, the cameraman who was killed along with reporter Alison Parker.
Parker and Ward died of gunshot wounds to the head and body, the medical examiner’s office said Friday. The woman Parker was interviewing, Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back and was in good condition at a hospital.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe met privately Friday with grieving station …read more
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