Sheriffs: WDBJ shooter 'closely identified' with domestic terrorists, 9/11

Sheriffs: WDBJ shooter 'closely identified' with domestic terrorists, 9/11
Sources tell NBC12 the suspect in the shooting and killing of a WDBJ7 crew is former reporter Bryce Williams (Source: Facebook)

ROANOKE, VA (WWBT) - The man who killed two WDBJ journalists on live TV "very closely identified" with domestic terrorists and 9/11 attackers, Franklin County Sheriffs said on Friday.

"Based on careful scrutiny of those writings and evidence seized from his apartment, it is apparent that Flanagan very closely associated with individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.," the Sheriff Department said in a news release.

Sheriffs released several new details into Wednesday's on-air killings of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Investigators say evidence at the scene found Flanagan fired 17 rounds from a Glock pistol. State Police recovered two handguns, both Glock pistols, from the rental car he crashed on Interstate 66.

Police say no other handguns have been located and Flanagan was not wearing any body armor when he was caught. Investigators are still working to find out if he was wearing any protective gear at the time of the shooting.

Authorities now say the evidence indicated the attack was well planned and pre-meditated and that Flanagan acted alone and without anyone else's knowledge. The manifesto sent to ABC News, writings left in his apartment, and letters seized from his rental car did not give any indication of where he was headed when he was captured or what he had planned to do after the shootings.

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe during a visit to WDBJ earlier Friday said the shootings point to a need for more gun control laws in the Commonwealth.

"We are doing anything we possibly can to keep our community safe," said McAuliffe.

McAuliffe talked to the WDBJ staff in private to share his condolences. He says he had a conversation with Chris Hurst and that words can't describe Chris' feelings.

"[Chris Hurst said] he is going to do as Alison would want him to do: to fight to make our community safer. He wants to be a very vocal advocate for universal background checks," said McAuliffe. "This is something I've advocated and talked about every single day."

Station General Manager Jeffrey Marks says he plans to ask the governor about mental health issues, reports the AP.

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