Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday August 14th 2018


Outtakes—End The Wild West

By Rick Outzen

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, reporters Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down during a live morning broadcast on WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia. A woman the journalists were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, also was shot and had to undergo surgery.

The killer, who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was Vester Lee Flanagan II. He worked under the name Bryce Williams as a reporter for the same station until he was fired two years ago.

The same morning Parker and Ward were killed, Minneapolis police found three men and a woman shot, victims of a home invasion. Before the month ended, there were five more mass shooting incidents.

On Aug. 29, law enforcement agencies reported three mass shootings across the South. One man was killed and three others wounded in a parking lot shooting in Smith County, Texas.  In Bristol, Tenn., a gunman killed three relatives in a surprise attack witnessed by several children in a home. The 19-year-old attacker was shot and wounded by another family member during his getaway and was captured a short time later. Four men were shot in Macon, Ga. outside of the city’s Memorial Park Center.

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