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Police: VA. shooter 'very closely identified' with foreign, domestic terrorists


The man accused of fatally shooting a TV reporter and photographer during a live broadcast in southwestern Virginia Wednesday morning "very closely identified" with both foreign and domestic terrorists, according to police.


Authorities also revealed the suspected shooter fired 17 rounds from a Glock pistol during the attack that also left a woman seriously injured.


The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Friday former WDBJ-TV employee Vester Lee Flanagan II identified with "individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.," based on writings and other evidence seized from the 41-year-old's Roanoke apartment.


The sheriff's office said it, along with Virginia State Police, the FBI and the ATF, has been working around the clock since the shootings. The agencies released the following new details of their investigation on Friday:


Based on evidence collected at the Franklin County scene, Flanagan fired 17 rounds from a Glock pistol.
State police recovered two handguns, both Glock pistols, from Flanagan's rental vehicle that crashed along Interstate 66 in Fauquier County.
No additional firearms have been recovered at any other locations associated with Flanagan.
At the time of his apprehension in Fauquier County, Flanagan was not wearing any type of body armor or other protective clothing. Investigators are still working to determine if he was wearing protective clothing or gear at the shooting scene in Franklin County.
Based on the evidence collected and analyzed to date, it is evident that Wednesday morning's attack was well planned and pre-meditated.
Investigators also believe, at this stage of the investigation and based on careful scrutiny of the evidence and numerous interviews with friends, family, former colleagues, and other associates, that Flanagan acted alone and shared his plans with no one.
Despite the large number of documents, to include the manifesto faxed to a national news organization, writings he left behind at his apartment, and letters seized from the Chevrolet Sonic in Fauquier County, Flanagan left no indication as to his eventual destination or his next/final actions.
Based on careful scrutiny of those writings and evidence seized from his apartment, it is apparent that Flanagan very closely identified with individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.

Flanagan is believed to be responsible for the deaths of two of his former WDBJ colleagues: reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Vicki Gardner, a Bedford County woman whom Parker was interviewing at the time of the shooting, suffered a serious gunshot wound but is expected to survive. Police say Flanagan fatally shot himself hours later while driving on I-66 in Fauquier County.

US crude oil jumps for second day to $45.22

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oil prices surged again Friday, a day after recording their biggest gain in more than six years.

U.S. crude rose 6.3 percent to finish at $45.22 per barrel after climbing 10.3 percent on Thursday. That was the biggest one-day jump for U.S. oil since March 2009. The gains ease some concerns about the economic impact of falling oil prices on oil-producing regions and the economy at large.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils imported by U.S. refineries, rose 5.2 percent to $50.05 a barrel. Brent also rose 10.3 percent Thursday.

The price of U.S. crude has been trading at six-year lows because of a global supply glut and worries about the health of China's economy. Oil prices started tumbling about a year ago because of rising supplies and sluggish growth in the world economy.

The price of U.S. oil averaged more than $90 a barrel from 2011 through 2014. On Monday, U.S. crude closed below $40 a barrel for the first time since February 2009.

Stephen Schork, an independent analyst and trader, said the gains of the past two days don't mark the beginning of a recovery in oil prices because demand will decrease once the summer is over. However he said prices will eventually recover.

"We are sowing the seeds for a 2016 rebound in oil prices," he said.

Schork said he thinks there will be a wave of acquisitions in the energy sector over the winter. Some of acquisitions are already happening, and he feels that after more deals are struck, production will go down further and companies will also be able to make money with lower oil prices.

He said he thinks U.S. oil will average about $55 a barrel in 2016. That's about where it was at the end of 2014.

One person hospitalized in 3-vehicle accident in Mauriceville

MAURICEVILLE -- One person was hospitalized in a three-vehicle accident that involved a Freightliner truck, a utility van, and a  pickup at the intersection of Hwy12 and Hwy 62 in Mauriceville at approximately 1:30 pm, the Texas Department of Public Safety says.


A 2013 Freightliner flatbed truck was stopped for a red traffic light at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 62.  A 2010 Chevrolet utility van was traveling eastbound on Highway 12 and ran into the back of the Freightliner.  Debris from the collision struck a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck that was stopped in the outside lane of Highway 12.


The driver of the Chevrolet utility van, Sylvester Hill, 50 of Beaumont, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont.  Hill’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, but he has several broken bones and a large laceration across his forehead, DPS says

 The driver of the Freightliner, Michael Lopez, 57, of Beaumont, was not injured in the crash.  The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, Joseph Guidry, 46 of Vidor, did not sustain any injuries.


At this time, Troopers are working to determine the contributing factor(s) of this crash, DPS says

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