NewsWest 9 Employee Remembers Working With Virginia Gunman in Midland

NewsWest 9 Employee Remembers Working With Virginia Gunman in Midland

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - We're learning more about the gunman who shot a Virginia reporter and her photographer to death. It all went down during a live interview this morning.

The gunman was a former television reporter who made a career stop in the Permian Basin along the way.

The suspect's face looked familiar to one of our NewsWest 9 employees.

As the news broke about the double murder this morning that took the life of reporter Alison Parker and her photographer Adam Ward, many rushed to social media to get updates.

NewsWest 9's Creative Services Director, Rudy Jaquez, was surfing LinkedIn and spotted a familiar face.

"I looked down to all his jobs that he worked at and I was like, 'Wow, he worked here,' Then I was like, 'I know the guy!'" said Jaquez.

The alleged gunman, 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan was known to viewers as Bryce Williams.

He worked in the Permian Basin as a reporter for KMID-TV in 1995 for five months.

Jaquez was a photographer at the time. He says he would always see Flanagan out in the field.

"Super nice guy. He was very calm, very laid back," said Jaquez.

Although the two never hung out, Jaquez said it appeared Flanagan had a cordial, professional relationship with any news crew.

"We all got along really well," said Jaquez.

We called KMID to learn any more information as to why the suspect's term ran so short, as it did in other TV stations, according to news reports. We are waiting to hear back.

In a Facebook update we posted earlier about the suspect's work history in the Basin, residents commented saying they remember watching him report in Midland.

Like many others across the nation, others expressed their condolences to those who knew reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward.