WDBJ slayings: Reporter, cameraman had gunshot wounds to head – CNN

(CNN)He carefully choreographed the slaying of the two journalists for maximum shock value. And, judging from the items found in his car, he took equally meticulous steps to get away with it.

But a text message to a friend may have been Vester Lee Flanagan’s undoing.

A search warrant document that CNN obtained Thursday shows the lengths Flanagan went to avoid getting caught after gunning down reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on live TV Wednesday.

Parker and Ward suffered gunshot wounds to the head, the Roanoke office of the chief medical examiner said Friday. Parker was also shot in the chest, Adam in the torso. The manner of death for both was homicide. Officials would not say how many shots were fired.

Video later posted to social media sites belonging to Flanagan shows the gunman approaching Parker and photographer Ward as the reporter conducted a routine interview for a local story.

Ward’s back is to the gunman. Parker is in profile, and the interviewee is facing the gunman. The shooter appears to take his time aiming the gun, presenting it and then withdrawing it, before composing the angle of his video.

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