The gunman who killed two former colleagues on live television Wednesday was a gay black man fighting a race war of revenge.
In a manifesto faxed to ABC News about two hours after the shooting, and while the gunman was still at large, a man claiming to be Vester Flanagan, a former television reporter who used the on-air name Bryce Williams, wrote that his shooting of a reporter and a cameraman was triggered by the June murders of nine blacks at a Bible study class in Charleston, South Carolina.
“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…,” he wrote, according to ABC News.
“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”
Besides the accused killer in the Charleston shootings, Williams’ manifesto referred to Seung Hui Cho, who killed 32 people at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in April 2007. He notes that Seung killed more than Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two high school students who attacked Columbine High School in Littleton, Col., in 1999.
He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.
Later in the manifesto, the writer quotes the Virginia Tech mass killer, Seung Hui Cho, calls him “his boy,” and expresses admiration for the Columbine High School killers. “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.'”
In a part of the document he titled “A Suicide Note for Friends and Family,” the writer claimed he had been harassed at work because he is a black, gay man and had been attacked by both black men and white women, according to ABC.
His victims were a white woman and a white man — former co-workers. But they could have been anybody with the wrong skin color.
“The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily,” the manifesto states, accordign to ABC. “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”
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