(NBCNEWS) – The suspect believed to have shot a reporter and cameraman to death on live television in Virginia was identified as a disgruntled former employee of the station, and he apparently posted video of the shootings to social media.
A sheriff’s department identified the suspect as Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, also known as Bryce Williams. ABC News said that it received a 23-page fax from someone claiming to be Bryce Williams and turned it over to authorities.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe told radio station WTOP that the suspect was “distraught” and being chased by state police.
Twitter and Facebook accounts believed to belong to the suspect, under the name Bryce Williams, posted video of the shootings hours later, during the chase. Those accounts were quickly taken down.
The accounts also posted an apparent justification for the shootings, accusing the reporter of having made racist comments and the cameraman of having reported the suspect to human resources.
The reporter, Alison Parker, and the cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot to death during a live remote report Wednesday morning on WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke.