Vester Lee Flanagan: Virginia Shooter Was Disgruntled Ex-Employee of News Station

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The man who shot and killed a reporter and cameraman on live television this morning is believed to be a former employee of WDBJ in Virginia.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stated in a press conference that police have the man's name and license plate number, but had chosen not to release the information.

Shortly thereafter, the man was identified by police as Vester Lee Flanagan.

Vester Flanagan Photo

A source who was at the press conference at which Flanagan was identified as the suspect says:

“He was described as a light skinned black male, with brown eyes and black hair, 6 foot 3 inches tall and approximately 250 pounds."

"They believe he is armed with a handgun.”

McAuliffe says that police are in "active pursuit" of the suspected shooter and will likely have him in custody within the hour.

Flanagan is said to be traveling on I-64, which runs east to west across Virginia.

A police official has reportedly described his arrest as "imminent."

Little is known about Flanagan at this time, and it is unclear if he intended to target victims James Ward, 27, and Allison Parker, 24, or if he simply had a grudge against WDBJ in general.

Flanagan also shot a local chamber of commerce representative who was being interviewed on the air. She is currently undergoing surgery, and is expected to survive.

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