New report allegedly reveals reporter’s ‘racist’ remark to gunman

Alison Parker, Adam Ward

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ROANOKE, Va. – In the moments after a deadly shooting in Virginia that claimed the lives of a reporter and photographer, many people were trying to figure out why they were targeted.

On Wednesday morning, officers say Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed 24-year-old Alison Parker and 27-year-old Adam Ward as they were live on air for WDBJ.

Following the shootings, Flanagan took to Twitter, saying that Parker made a ‘racist remark’ to him, which fueled his rage and made her a target.

The New York Post revealed what remarks Parker made that sparked Flanagan’s outrage.

“One was something about ‘swinging by’ some place; the other was out in the ‘field,” a document as part of a discrimination lawsuit alleges.

Flanagan made the accusations a month before he was fired in 2013.

“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And he would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,” Trevor Fair, an employee at WDBJ, told the New York Post. “We’d be like, ‘What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore, we’re all racists.”

Fair said that Flanagan even believed a gas station was racist because they sold watermelon-flavored drinks.

Flanagan shot and killed himself after his car crashed in an embankment following a pursuit with police.

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