In the 23-page document faxed to ABC News, the writer says “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” and his legal name is “Vester Lee Flanagan II.”
He writes what triggered today’s carnage was his reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting:
“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…”
“What sent me over the top was the church shooting.
And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.“
It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. 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, and 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 an often rambling letter to the authorities, and family and friends, he writes of a long list of grievances.
- He says has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work.
- He says he has been attacked by black men and white females.
- He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man
“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….”
“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!!!!”
Flanagan was fired in February 2013 due to “unsatisfactory job performance and inability to work as a team member”, according to his notice of termination.
His last day at work was recorded in exhaustive detail in another series of memos.
Flanagan met with Dennison and another boss in his office. There Flanagan was informed he would be terminated.
When he was presented with the severance package, Flanagan reportedly became angry and called it “bullshit”.
A second memo detailing his termination records Flanagan as yelling:
“I’m not leaving, you’re going to have to call the f###ing police [sic],” Flanagan reportedly said, according to the memo.
“Call the police. I’m not leaving. I’m going to make a stink and it’s going to be in the headlines.”
Flanagan then stormed out of the room and slammed the door, at which point Dennison decided to call the police.
When police arrived to escort him out of the building, Flanagan refused.
The officers approached Flanagan and tried to remove the desk phone from his hand, repeatedly asking him to leave.
Flanagan then threw a hat and a small wooden cross at Dennison, reportedly saying: “You need this.”
As police escorted him out of the newsroom, he told an officer, according to the memo:
“ You know what they did? They had a watermelon back there for a week and basically called me a n—– [sic].”
On Twitter earlier this month, Flanagan named Ward as the photographer whom he believed had reported him to HR.
Flanagan also claimed “racial harassment”, citing an incident in which he believed members of the newsroom deliberately placed a watermelon in his view.
“This was not an innocent incident,” Flanagan wrote.
“The watermelon was placed in a strategic location where it would be visible to newsroom employees.