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Virginia Gunman Was Urged to Seek Medical Help, According to Internal Memos


Vester Flanagan was aggressive and argumentative with colleagues

The Virginia gunman Vester Flanagan, who killed two co-workers as they filmed a live broadcast was told by his bosses to seek medical help, according to internal memos seen by the Guardian.

The memos detail a series of disputes between Flanagan and his colleagues, dating from two months after Flanagan started working at the CBS affiliate station WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. The memos were written by Dan Dennison, the station director at the time.

Flanagan died in hospital on Wednesday from self-inflicted gunshot wounds after shooting reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward as they filmed a piece on local tourism. The interviewee, Vicky Gardner, of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was also shot but is being treated in hospital.

Flanagan, 41, was first reprimanded in May 31, 2012, according to the memos, for making his colleagues feel “threatened and extremely uncomfortable” after he lost his temper on two occasions. During that instance, Flanagan insisted that a cameraman record an interview in a certain way, which, according to the memo, made both the photographer and interviewee uncomfortable.

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