Information confirmed by school districts and former employers, combined with a LinkedIn resume, reveal Virginia shooting suspect Vester Lee Flanagan II spent a lot of his life in Northern California.
He grew up in Oakland where he attended Redwood Heights Elementary, Montera Middle School, then Skyline High School, where he was a homecoming prince.
In 1995, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television broadcasting.
During college, Flanagan interned at KPIX-TV in San Francisco where he was hired as a production assistant in 1996.
In response to inquiries about what kind of co-worker Flanagan was, former KPIX news anchor Barbara Rodgers released the following statement:
“I worked with Vester when I anchored the weekend news in the early 90s, but I don’t remember much about him. It was mainly because of his unusual name that I remembered him at all. I feel so sad about all of this–for the journalists who were killed and for the young man who apparently needed mental health counseling that he did not get. When Vester worked for KPIX, he was just a young, eager kid out of journalism school and like so many other interns and new employees who came through there in my 30 years at KPIX, he just wanted to be on TV and to do a good job. Well, now he is on TV, but in the worst possible way. My condolences to all of the families who are affected by this tragedy.”
Flanagan’s last listed Northern California city of residence was Vallejo. He worked as a PG&E customer service representative in 2001 and 2002.
Between 2004 and 2012, his resume listed his employer as NDG Interactive in Sacramento.
FOX40 looked for former Sacramento co-workers of Flanagan, but the phone numbers and addresses listed for NDG Interactive are no longer affiliated with that business. The Internet address doesn’t work either.
Aside from his Northern California connections, Flanagan worked as a reporter at TV station in Midland, Texas; Savannah, Georgia; Greenville, North Carolina; Tallahassee, Florida; and Roanoke, Virginia where he targeted two of his former WDBJ coworkers in Wednesday’s shooting.