Vester Lee Flanagan: Bullets Have Charleston Shooting Victims’ Initials on Them

By Melanie Arter | August 26, 2015 | 3:28pm EDT
Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof (AP Photo)

( – Vester Lee Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, wrote in a 23-page manifesto to ABC News on Wednesday that after the Charleston church shooting, he bought a gun and wrote the initials of the church shooting victims on bullets prior to gunning down his former co-workers during a live shot in Roanoke, Va.

“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…” Flanagan wrote. “What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them."

In an afternoon press conference Wednesday, Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton confirmed that Flanagan died from “a self-inflicted gunshot wound” after a Virginia State trooper encountered him during a traffic stop.

“At approximately 1:30 pm today, the suspect from this incident, this shooting died at Fairfax Inova Hospital in Northern Virginia as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Overton said.

Flanagan refused to stop for the trooper and sped away. He later ran off the road and crashed and was found inside suffering from a gunshot wound.

A man claiming to be Bryce Williams called ABC News over the last few weeks, saying he wanted to pitch a story and wanted the fax number but never said what the story was. A fax time stamped 8:26 a.m. – almost two hours after the shooting – was in ABC’s fax machine, ABC News reported.

He called ABC News after 10 a.m., introducing himself as Bryce but mentioning his legal name and saying that he’d shot two people. After he hung up, ABC News contacted the authorities and gave them the fax.

In the manifesto, Flanagan references Dylan Roof, the Charleston shooter and says if he wants “a race war,” then “bring it.” He added that Jehovah spoke to him and told him to act, according to ABC News.

He also quoted Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho and said he admired the Columbine massacre shooters.

“Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho. That’s my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harris and Dylann Klebold got…just sayin,'" he wrote.

Flanagan also complained of being bulled for being a gay, black man, claiming he suffered racial discrimination and sexual harassment at work.

“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....” Flanagan said in the manifesto. “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!!!!”

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