Inside On-Air Shooter Vester Flanagan’s Sparse Apartment

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A look inside Vester Flanagan’s apartment: Cat urine on the floor, a shrine to himself on the fridge.

Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was being interviewed by Parker at the time of the incident, but miraculously survived the incident.For the two years after he was fired from the WDBJ-TV news network, the killer of journalists Alice Parker and Adam Ward lingered in Roanoke, living a disturbed existence in a dank and squalid home just a few hundred yards from the company’s headquarters. Vicki’s husband Tim Gardner has revealed she saved herself by curling up into a ball as the gunman blasted her leading to her losing a kidney and part of her colon.

Neighbours described Flanagan, who had claimed he was discriminated against by his employers for being black and gay, as being erratically aggressive towards men. “He was really nice to the girls,” said one source. “But he had a problem with the male neighbours. In an interview on US television Mr Gardner said madman Vester Lee Flanagan II turned the gun on his tourism executive wife Vicki after shooting reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.

He would just throw cat sh– into their balconies.” Fearing the front door might be booby-trapped, police wore bomb disposal vests and used a long ladder to reach the third floor apartment from the balcony when they raided the home in the hours after Flanagan murdered his colleagues live on television. And he said medics warned him his wife is lucky she will be able to walk out of hospital after the bullets fired by the lone attacker almost let to her total paralysis. “I don’t think she ever felt like she was in danger after she got up and walked to the ambulance after being shot, but she didn’t know the extent of her injuries at that point, but the surgeon told me that a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be walking and a couple of centimeters more and she wouldn’t be alive.” Don Shafer, who had previously worked with Flanagan at WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1999, said he had previously had a number of conflicts with co-workers. The door of his fridge is covered in photographs showing Flanagan on television during his time as a reporter at the WDBJ news network: an apparent shrine to a bygone era of which he could not let go. Photographs from inside the apartment show the computer, mounted on a stand in the corner of the living room, on which Flanagan is believed to have written the crazed and rambling suicide note he sent to ABC news. He praised mass killers, including the perpetrator of the Virginia Tech university shooting, the single deadliest attack by a lone shooter in America in which 32 people were killed.

In the days before the murder, he disposed of “personal documents” and other effects in bins in the surrounding area, a source with knowledge of the investigation told The Daily Telegraph.

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