The former TV reporter who fatally shot two journalists and wounded another person in a Virginia ambush Wednesday fired 17 times, authorities said Friday
Investigators believe Vester Flanagan’s attack on WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, on Wednesday was "well planned and pre-meditated" but there is no evidence he shared his intentions with anyone else before the shooting, police said.
The 17 rounds were fired from a Glock handgun, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Police found two Glock handguns in Flanagan’s rented Chevrolet Sonic after he shot himself while being pursued by state police in Fauquier County.
"Flanagan acted alone and shared his plans with no one," the sheriff’s office said.
Police found a wig, a to-do list in and three license plates in the car, suggesting that Flanagan may have planned to escape after the murders, but the sheriff’s office said “Flanagan left no indication as to his eventual destination” or his next actions.
After the murders, Flanagan texted a friend "making reference to having done something stupid,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
The sheriff's office said that based on writings sent to national media and found in Flanagan's apartment, it appears Flanagan identified with other mass shooters and referenced the terror attacks on Sept. 11.
Flanagan was fired from his job at WDBJ in 2013 after a series of conflicts with co-workers.
Also Friday, the family of the woman who was wounded, Vicki Gardner, in a statement called Parker and Ward "shining stars" and said they are heartbroken over the murders.
Gardner was shot once in the back. She is in good condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She underwent two surgeries, and lost her right kidney, the statement said.
"We are heartbroken at the loss of Adam Ward and Alison Parker, two shining stars in our region. Our condolences go to their families, their many colleagues in the media community — especially WDBJ7, and their many friends throughout our area," the statement said.
"Adam and Alison always made getting up in the morning a little bit easier and a lot more fun," the statement said.