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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- A briefcase with a wig, shawl and three license plates was among the items found inside the car of the gunman who killed two of his former colleagues during a televised interview in Virginia on Wednesday, according to a search warrant.

ABC News has obtained the warrant filed to search the rental car that Vester Lee Flanagan was using when he fled the Virginia State Police on Wednesday, following the shooting that left Alison Parker and Adam Ward dead.

Inside the Chevrolet Sonic, police found a Glock pistol, six ammunition magazines and ammunition for a 9mm weapon.

There were also 17 stamped letters, to-do lists, and "assorted handwritten & typed letters/notes," though the subject of the notes was not specified in the search warrant.

It was not clear what use items found in the briefcase -- the wig, shawl, a pair of sunglasses, an umbrella, and three different license plates -- were intended for.

The documents call Flanagan a "person of interest" in the case at the time, and were filed "based upon a text message sent to a friend making reference to having done something stupid."

Flanagan, who used the name Bryce Williams while working on air, refused to pull over for authorities on I-66, and when a trooper approached, he was found to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound while in the car.

He was airlifted to a nearby hospital but died after he arrived there.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- The cameraman who was killed in the on-air shooting in Virginia Wednesday filmed his attacker being fired from their news station two years prior, according to court records.

Details about the February 2013 firing of Vester Lee Flanagan, who used the name Bryce Williams professionally, have emerged as part of the public court filings in relation to a lawsuit he filed against his former employer, WDBJ. The suit was dismissed in July 2014.

The 167-page file from Roanoke City General District Court documents a series of alleged issues with his former employer -- for whom the victims, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, also worked -- according to memos written to and about Flanagan by station management.

The note about the firing being filmed came amid a description of how Williams became volatile and verbally aggressive after being told about his firing and severance.

When he was escorted back to his desk, two local police officers were on hand, alternating between trying to calm him down and physically moving him from his desk.

"This was being recorded by Adam Ward; Bryce turned his attention to him and said something about paparazzi, told Adam he needed to "lose your big gut," and again flipped the camera off," the memo notes.

That memo, which appears to be written by the station's then-news director Dan Dennison, was one in a series of his notes and emails that were included in the file.

Dennison had previously written a note to Williams, detailing six criticisms of his recent work and journalistic failings.

"These issues combined with other well documented and discussed issues in recent months have led us to a serious juncture," Dennison wrote in an email dated Dec. 24, 2012.

The details about Flanagan's firing come as investigators probe his mental state and actions leading up to the deadly shooting on Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia.

Flanagan died later that day as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound he sustained during a highway chase with state police.


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iStock/Thinkstock(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- A same-sex couple from Morehead, Kentucky, were denied a marriage license for a third time at the Rowan County Clerk's Office on Thursday, and the emotional exchange was caught on video.

The denial comes just one day after the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Davis' appeal to U.S. District Judge David Bunning's ruling from two weeks ago, ordering her to issue marriage licenses after she had been refusing to do so, citing her Christian faith and constitutional right to religious liberty, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

William Smith, Jr. told ABC News that he and his partner, James Yates, walked together to the Davis' office on Thursday, hopeful that because Davis' appeal was denied, he and Yates would finally be able to get an official marriage license that first requested in July and again just a few weeks ago.

"We're here to see if you're giving out marriage licenses," Yates, 41, can be heard saying in the video Smith filmed on Thursday.

"Unfortunately, at the time, we are not giving out marriage licenses," an employee at Davis' office replies. When Yates asks the employee if this is a direct order from Davis, he nods yes and adds, "Sorry, guys."

Yates and Smith told ABC News they know who the employee is, though they declined to identify him, explaining that they did not want to embarrass him "for his boss' decision." The employee also reportedly declined to identify himself to media at the Rowan County Clerk's Office on Thursday.

"Breaking the law is all it is," Smith, 33, can later be heard saying in the video. "They’re discriminating and using religion to hide behind it is all it is."

Yates and Smith can then be seen in the video, visibly upset, walking out of the office, disappointed for the third time.

"We've been together for almost 10 years," Smith told ABC News on Thursday. "He proposed a day after the initial ruling on marriage equality by the Supreme Court on June 26. On the 27th, James got down on one knee, and I said yes."

The couple first headed down to the Rowan County Clerk's Office on July 6, shortly after the proposal, but Smith said the same office employee they talked to on Thursday told them at the time that Davis "wasn’t handing out licenses because her objection to gay marriage."

The denial put a damper on their plans to have a summer wedding this year, Smith added.

Smith and Yates later came down again on Aug. 13 after a U.S. district court upheld the U.S. Supreme court's ruling. The court had ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued her and Rowan County on behalf of four couples -- two same-gender couples and two opposite-gender couples -- who were also denied marriage licenses by Davis, according to a court complaint. Davis had apparently stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether.

But on Aug. 13, Smith said an employee told them Davis still wasn't handing out any licenses because she wanted to appeal the ruling.

"And then [on Thursday], trying again for a third time, that was very hard," Smith said. "It was nerve-wracking and harder than the previous two times because we've been rejected so much and humiliated."

Though they've thought about getting married in another county or state in the past, Smith said he and Yates wanted their marriage to be first officially recognized in their hometown and county "where we live and pay taxes."

"We love each other very much, and we already consider ourselves married and live like we're married," he said. "We just think this is wrong, and we don't want this to happen to future couples."

He added they plan on going back to the Rowan County Clerk's Office at the end of the month or the beginning of September to try to get a marriage license for a fourth time.

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Heather Ar'ite(SEATTLE) -- One woman believes a spider had sent her a snarky message after she found the Web acronym "LOL" woven into its web.

"A lot of people found it crazy humorous," said Heather Ar'ite of Seattle, Washington. "I actually sent it to my mom and she asked me if it was real."

"I didn't know if the spider actually made that. I thought at first maybe they were little flowers seeds or tiny flies rolled up inside."

Ar'ite told ABC News that on Aug. 22, she was becoming aggravated from broken pipes and other household issues she was experiencing that day.

"I said, 'Oh my gosh, what else could go wrong?'" she recalled. "That's when I looked up at the sky and asked the universe, 'Why?' And as though the universe was answering me, I turned and spotted the 'LOL' written in the spiderweb by our front door."

"Seeing 'LOL' was kind of fitting because we were in a state of delirium," she said, noting that she quickly ran inside, grabbed her camera and snapped a photo of the Charlotte's Web-like image.

Shortly after, she shared it on her Facebook page.

"When I did post it several people said 'Charlotte,'" Ar'ite said. "Even though I don’t like spiders, I always cried at the end [of the book]."

"I'm just glad it didn't write 'Some Pig,' then I think then I would’ve been upset," she said, referring to one of the messages that the spider weaves into its web in the story. "It was nice to see everyone respond and get a chuckle out of it."

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ABC News(CONCORD, N.H.) -- In the closing arguments Thursday regarding an alleged rape at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school, attorneys for both sides asked jurors to question the credibility of the accuser and the defendant.

Owen Labrie, 19, is accused of raping a student in May 2014 at St. Paul's School, in Concord, New Hampshire. He is charged with multiple felonies relating to the encounter and has entered a not guilty plea.

The attorney for the defendant, J.W. Carney, challenged jurors to consider Thursday if they believe the accuser's account of events beyond a reasonable doubt.

Carney told jurors that the alleged victim had to choose between her reputation or that of Labrie, and "she took the easier choice."

Assistant county attorney for Merrimack County Joseph Cherniske told jurors in his closing argument, "This case is about so much more than one witness' testimony."

Cherniske pointed to the alleged victim's account of how she was in pain during and after the encounter and how Labrie's DNA profile was found in the interior crotch panel of the accuser's underwear.

"This someone saw how vulnerable a 15-year old freshman was and took advantage of it," Cherniske said of Labrie. He recounted how the witness described how she said "no" to Labrie three times during the encounter and afterward she was "frozen in fear."

The student who accused Labrie, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, appeared on the stand last week, offering emotional testimony about the events.

"I was raped!" she said amid tears. "I was violated in so many ways."

Cherniske emphasized to jurors that Labrie erased 119 messages from Facebook after he spoke with police, which the prosecution said raises questions about whether Labrie was bragging when he told his friends, including a roommate of three years, that he had sex with his accuser.

Labrie described in court Wednesday how he and the alleged victim had flirted in the year leading up to the incident at the heart of the case. He described how when he first messaged her as part of the "senior salute," she said no, citing her closeness with her sister. Labrie said that was likely in reference to the fact that he and the alleged victim's sister, who was in Labrie's year, briefly dated when they first started attending St. Paul's School.

Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said in court last week that the encounter at the center of the case was part of a "senior salute," a tradition at the prep school. Ruffle said that the "senior salute" practice was largely intended as a way for graduating seniors "to be with someone that they might have wanted to be with throughout" high school, and could include activities like walking to class together or kissing but "it might include a little bit more."

She then said that some students believed Labrie and some of his friends had turned the tradition into a competition.

On the stand, Labrie described the events the night of the alleged attack and said, "It hadn't been my intention going into the night to have sex."

As their encounter became increasingly physical in a secluded building on campus, Labrie said he stopped himself in what his attorney described as "a moment of reflection."

"I had a second thought while I was looking down at her," Labrie said, describing the moment after he went to get a condom from his wallet.

"It didn't feel like the right move, and that's not to say at all I slammed on the brakes," he said. "It really slowed down and it reached the point where we were kissing lightly."

The prosecution repeated in the closing arguments how Labrie told a friend after the encounter in a message that he "pulled every trick in the book" with the alleged victim.

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PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(ROANOKE, Va.) -- The heartbreaking task of getting back to work was the first assignment of the day for the staffers at WDBJ-TV in Virginia.

They returned to the news desk a day after two of their colleagues were fatally shot during a live interview.

"They're doing as well as can be expected," station general manager Jeff Marks told ABC News of his colleagues this morning. "They’re choking back tears and their emotions show, but they’re covering the news."

Anchor Kimberly McBroom, who was on-air Wednesday when the shooting happened, led the broadcast and the ensuing moment of silence in honor of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who died in the shooting.

Everyone on air Thursday morning was wearing maroon and turquoise in honor of the pair; maroon is the color of Ward's alma mater, Virginia Tech, and Parker loved the color turquoise.

In addition to the support from outsiders, the CBS affiliate received physical support from sister stations in the Midwest, with Mark noting that several staffers from other stations have flown to Virginia to help.

"We’re very gratified by that and all the support from the people who have been here all night camped out and have brought flowers and placards and just want to say something to us," Marks said.

More than anything, the WDBJ staff appeared determined to share memories of their lost colleagues. They have been posting special stories on the station's Twitter account, including meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner's memories of Ward’s coming over to his desk daily and hiding a candy wrapper so it would be visible in any segments he did later that day.

For Parker, they highlighted a sign reading “Hope” that she had on her desk to remind her of a child abuse victim she had worked with.

"She was doing what she enjoyed to do when she was killed and that makes it all the more heartbreaking but it also gives us here at the station and me and her family the slightest bit of comfort to know that she died at her happiest," said Chris Hurst, Parker's boyfriend who worked as one of the station's evening anchors.

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Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Redditor, shareable and butt-dial are among the latest words to join the Oxford English Dictionary, which keeps the definitive record of words that have permeated the English language.

Many of the words included in Thursday's quarterly update were popularized on the Internet or are terms spawned from experiences with technology. There's the frustrated gamer who may rage-quit after being stuck too long on a level. Then there is that snackable (short, easy to read) story a friend posted on Facebook.

Clifford Sofield, an assistant editor at Oxford English Dictionary, told ABC News a team of editors is responsible for evaluating new words that may have gained a place in the vernacular to determine if they meet an established set of standards to be added to the dictionary.

"Basically, we assess these words along the same standards [as all others]," Sofield said. "They have to show evidence for sufficient currency and longevity."

Take for example LOL, which was added to the dictionary in 2011 and has changed parts of speech.

"You can talk about a tweet, say it has gotten a lot of LOLz and it can be pronounced as a word. You can see it appearing in popular books and novels especially ones aimed at young people," Sofield said. People are using LOL unselfconsciously. They are able to say it without explanation and people know what they mean."

Among the other words joining the dictionary in this update are hangry, the feeling of being so hungry you're angry; wine o'clock, an appropriate time of day to begin drinking; and the gender neutral honorific Mx.

Once a word has made it into the dictionary, it will forever remain a part of the collection, Sofield said. That means perhaps centuries from now people may LOL about the term butt dial.

"It’s a record of all of the core words and meaning in English over more than 1,000 years," Sofield explained. "It actually reports not just the meanings of words but the history."

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Jay Paul/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The father of a Virginia-based reporter slain during a live television segment on Wednesday says he hopes to find purpose in his daughter’s death by pushing for stronger mental health screenings for prospective gun owners.

“I’m not going to let this issue drop,” Andy Parker said during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. “We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns.”

Parker’s daughter Alison, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed in the shooting. The victims worked together at WDBJ, a CBS affiliate serving the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia, television market.

A former reporter at the station, Vester Lee Flanagan II -- known professionally as Bryce Williams -- allegedly shot the co-workers. He later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

“I’ve been alternating between the shock and the grief of it,” Andy Parker told Fox News. “I’ve been holding up I guess OK, but I’ve been crying my eyes out all day long. It’s gone back and forth, and now it’s … the anger is starting to creep in there, because this should not happen. It shouldn’t have happened to someone like Alison.”

Parker stood beside his daughter’s boyfriend, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, during the Fox News interview. The couple had been dating for nine months.

Hurst said he was “not surprised” after Flanagan was identified as the alleged gunman.

“He was someone who was known by people at the station for volatility,” Hurst told Fox News.

Concerns from Colleagues

Flanagan was an “unhappy man,” according to WDBJ general manager Jeffrey Marks, who confirmed on the air that Flanagan had been employed by the station.

Marks said Flanagan “quickly became known for a reputation for being difficult to work with.”

He was known for “looking out for people to say things that he would take offense to,” Marks added.

Flanagan was dismissed from the station two years ago, and was escorted out of the building by police, Marks said.

He also filed a lawsuit against WDBJ in March 2014.

According to documents obtained by ABC News, station managers told Flanagan to seek medical attention and that his behavior in the workplace made co-workers feel threatened and uncomfortable. The lawsuit, in which Flanagan alleged racial and sexual discrimination, was dismissed in July 2014.

The station denied wrongdoing, investigated his accusations and found them to have no merit, said Marci Burdick, senior vice president of the station's parent company. Burdick also said the station had no contact with Flanagan since then and did not receive any threats from him.

Alleged Motivations

Almost two hours after the shooting, at 8:26 a.m. Wednesday, a 23-page document was faxed to ABC News. After 10 a.m. a man claiming to be Bryce Williams called ABC News, identifying himself by his legal name, and stating that he shot two people. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted authorities and provided them with the fax.

In the document faxed to ABC News, the writer says “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” and his legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan II. He writes what triggered the carnage was his reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting:

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

Sources say Flanagan's firearm was legally purchased from a Virginia gun store.

He had no known criminal record.

Virginia’s firearms purchase eligibility test includes 19 stipulations that can prohibit people from purchasing and possessing a firearm, from being under indictment for a felony offense, to substance abuse and treatment for mental health.

Despite Flanagan’s workplace struggles, and his employers’ suggestion that he seek medical attention, he did not fail any of the benchmarks for purchasing a handgun.

‘Powder Keg’

A source with direct knowledge of Flanagan’s complaints against the station said a pair of tweets sent following the shooting and attributed to him accurately reflect previous complaints he lodged against the two people he killed: “Alison made racist comments,” and, “Adam went to hr on me after working with me one time!!!” Nowhere in the document does he make specific threats against anyone from WDBJ.

“Yes, it will sound like I am angry," he writes in his manifesto. "I am. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace....”

“The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily...I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!” Flanagan says. "And then, after the unthinkable happened in Charleston, THAT WAS IT!!!"

"Yeah I'm all f***** up in the head," he concedes.

Making Sense of It All

Andy Parker said that he spoke to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe following the shooting, and that McAuliffe was supportive of any gun control measures that the grieving father pursues.

“I’m going to do something … whatever it takes,” he said.

Andy Parker said he’s trying to reconcile what happened, to make sense of it all.

“She was happy with her place in life. So we can only take some solace in the fact that she had a wonderful life. She was extremely happy, and she loved [Hurst] with all her heart,” Andy Parker said. “That’s the toughest thing for me … everybody that she touched loved her, and she loved everybody back.”

Hurst, appearing Thursday on ABC News' Good Morning America, said he would support Andy Parker's efforts and that he hopes to bring more attention to mental health issues.

"This happened to two of us, now, in the most deplorable way imaginable, and I don’t know what that says," Hurst said. "I don’t know what that speaks to, but we need to continue to honor Adam and Alison’s life for as long as we are here. We will not stop honoring their lives, and it will continue, and we are thankful now that there is an opportunity in death for them to be remembered across the world forever for the bright shining lights that they are."

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A Washington State woman was pulled over and given a ticket after she admitted to breastfeeding while driving, a precarious practice for which she'd been busted before.

ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV reports a driver called 911 to report seeing a woman driving with a baby on her lap, and a short time later, state trooper Rocky Oliphant stopped the multitasking mom.

It was only then he noted the unidentified 44-year-old was actually breastfeeding her 1-year-old boy.

The woman admitted she'd been stopped for doing so another time before; she told the officer her baby was crying "uncontrollably," and feeding him while driving was the only solution the mom felt would help.

Calling her decision "inappropriate," Oliphant told KOMO, "Her job is to keep the child safe, rather than making sure he's happy while she's driving down the road."

The officer cited her for driving with an unrestrained child.

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Stephen Ippolito (GLASTONBURY, Conn.) — A photographer was taken by surprise during a routine session when a seal emerged from the darkness and made an unexpected appearance amidst the backdrop of our Milky Way.

"I was in shock," Stephen Ippolito of Glastonbury, Connecticut, told ABC News Thursday. "I've never been anywhere near a seal, so I didn’t know how close I could stand next to it.

"After a couple minutes of thinking what to do, I said, 'Maybe I can get a picture of him under the Milky Way. That'd be pretty cool.'"

It was the night of Aug. 14 when Ippolito said he went out to snap some photographs while vacationing with his family in Sand Beach, Maine.

"I'm really big into night photography," he said. "If you want a picture of the Milky Way, it's called astrophotography. The optimal time is to do it when there's little or no moonlight, so during the new moon.

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"That’s when the stars and the Milky Way are the brightest."

As he photographed the sparkling sky, Ippolito said he noticed a seal lying on the beach.

He then shined a light on the animal, and began shooting it beneath the galaxy overhead.

"I texted my 13-year-old son, he couldn’t believe it," Ippolito said. "He said 'That’s not real. I said, 'It's absolutely real. Where'd you think I'd get a seal from?’”

"I was hoping to get pictures of a Milky Way, but a seal — that’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing," he added. "I've never seen a picture of a seal with the Milky Way before. It was a unique experience."

While he has no major plans for his photo as of yet, Ippolito said he's happy to share it with the world.

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Jay Paul/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Andy Parker said his daughter Alison normally called every day.

She liked to check in and get her father’s insights on her reports with WDBJ, a CBS affiliate serving the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia television market.

Alison didn’t call her father on Wednesday. Instead, he received messages from her co-workers -- frantic, horrible messages.

Andy Parker learned later that his daughter and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were fatally shot while filming a live television segment. A former reporter at the station, Vester Lee Flanagan II -- known professionally as Bryce Williams -- allegedly shot the co-workers. He later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

“I’ve been alternating between the shock and the grief of it,” Andy Parker said during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. “I’ve been holding up I guess OK, but I’ve been crying my eyes out all day long. It’s gone back and forth, and now it’s … the anger is starting to creep in there, because this should not happen. It shouldn’t have happened to someone like Alison.”

Parker stood beside his daughter’s boyfriend, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, during the Fox News interview. The couple had been dating for nine months.

Hurst said he was “not surprised” after Flanagan was identified as the alleged gunman.

“He was someone who was known by people at the station for volatility,” Hurst told Fox News.

Andy Parker said he’s trying to reconcile what happened, to make sense of it all, to find purpose in his daughter’s death.

“She was happy with her place in life. So we can only take some solace in the fact that she had a wonderful life. She was extremely happy, and she loved [Hurst] with all her heart,” he said. “That’s the toughest thing for me … everybody that she touched loved her, and she loved everybody back, and, you know, I’m not going to let this issue drop. We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns.”

Andy Parker said that he spoke to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe following the shooting, and that McAuliffe was supportive of any gun control measures that the grieving father pursues.

“I’m going to do something … whatever it takes,” Parker said.

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Justine Quart/ABC News(NEW ORLEANS) -- Sophie Nord couldn’t believe what she saw on TV.

The columned two-story Queen Anne home that stood for more than 100 years -- and housed her parent’s restaurant, The Chimneys -- had been reduced to splinters, the historic columns and white shutters thrown about in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"It’s just a complete change of what your life had been -- and you see it in pieces," she said.

The building, once a stately society home dubbed the "jewel of the coast" overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Gulfport, Mississippi, had been turned to a mass only vaguely resembling the restaurant it had become.

"That’s the first time ever in my life I had actually ever panicked," said Nord, now 34, who watched helplessly from San Diego where she worked at the time as the destruction unfolded.

Nord’s parents, Peter and Dix Ballard, safe upstate at her grandmother’s house during storm, had painstakingly refurbished the once-decaying mansion into the restaurant specializing in "coastal cuisine" with their signature crab claws and blackened stuffed fillets.

Those years of work, and the ensuing years of entertaining locals with their signature "Spirited Dining," was wiped away in one fell swoop when Katrina hit the coast on Aug. 29, 2005.

The Nord family founded The Chimneys in the mid-1980s and changed locations within Gulfport twice before moving a third time to the current gulf-facing property. Peter Nord spent a year coordinating the renovation of the turn-of-the-century mansion after purchasing the property in 1999. Meanwhile, the restaurant was operating at its second location four miles west in Long Beach.

He and the construction crews took care to save the original columnar structures and Scamozzi columns, according to a written history compiled by Dix about the restaurant.

Peter Nord drove down from his in-laws home in Natchez, more than 200 miles northeast of Gulfport, the day after the storm to see the damage for himself and to salvage items from the wreckage. Sophie said he had to present ID proving he was a resident to the armed National Guardsmen who were limiting access to the impacted areas.

"Well we’d seen it [on television] so we knew," she said, "I think we were actually a little surprised that he was able to save anything -- a few pieces of silver, a table."

Sophie said that in the wreckage, he spotted an old captain’s wheel that they had hung behind the bar, "so my dad, being crazy and brave like he is, climbed up and got the captain’s wheel just as something to save."

The decision to rebuild was not an easy one to make, especially since it wasn’t their only structure to be devastated by the Category 3 storm. The family’s house had also suffered serious storm damage even though it was further inland, and Peter Nord was spending much of his time rebuilding their home before turning his attention to the restaurant.

"I would have moved back sooner but they told me there was no place to sleep at home," Sophie said. "There was only one bedroom that was not destroyed and that was on the third story."

The debate over whether to rebuild the restaurant was influenced by their neighbors and customers.

"There were a couple people that said things to my dad or my mom, like, ‘What do we need to do?’ ‘How do we, do we need to get investors?’ Or ‘How do we get this project going?’" said Sophie.

The family grappled with rebuilding or selling the lot, but Sophie Nord said that selling it "seemed like that was cheating."

So rebuild they did. It was not just a matter of replicating the old version of the restaurant; Sophie said that they felt like they wanted something "a little more laid back" befitting "the new Coast." But, after what she said "seemed like 100 versions" of the new plan, they ended up going with a more contemporary take on the original style.

They used reclaimed wood in the rebuilding and salvaged bricks from the original in the new fireplaces. One distinct change was to open the interior to make it more modern than the historic floorplan.

Locals say the hard work has paid off.

Laurie Toups, the executive director of the Gulfport Main Street Association, told ABC News that the restaurant has been recognized as a significant contributor to the revitalization of the area.

"They set the bar very high for everyone else to follow," Toups said in terms of preservation and "recognizing the significance of the building and the character and keeping in that character."

On Christmas night 2009, The Chimneys first reopened its bar to friends and relatives. They offered dinner for the first time that New Year’s Eve. Sophie remembers guests getting festively dressed up on New Year’s, enjoying plenty of champagne and listening to a jazz trio that the Nords brought in for the special occasion.

Katrina was not the most recent upheaval in the family. Sophie’s mother, Dix Ballard, was diagnosed with cancer during the rebuilding process. She died in 2012, and her husband retired from the business shortly after that.

Now, Sophie and her brother Watson run the day-to-day operations of the restaurant. Sophie says she’s planning more weddings and special events in The Chimneys’ front yard than before the storm. "It’s become something of ‘an occasion place,’" she said.

"People said right after the storm it would take 10 years for everything to get back to normal," Sophie said, "and at that point, in my 24-year-old mind, I thought ‘Ten years, oh my gosh, that’s forever! That’s eternity!’"

"But now… it does seem like it’s been a long time because a lot has happened in that time but also 10 years can go by pretty quickly," she added.

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Virginia State Police(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- The trail of workplace rage that appears in part to have led a Virginia news reporter to shoot two colleagues Wednesday on live television is meticulously -– even hauntingly -– laid out in a long series of memos filed as part of Vester Lee Flanagan’s lawsuit against his onetime employer, WDBJ.

The 167-page file from Roanoke City General District Court documents a series of alleged issues with his former employer -- for whom the victims, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, also worked -- according to memos written to and about Flanagan by station management.

On May 31, 2012 according to the documents, Flanagan’s news director at the time cited the reporter -– who used the professional name Bryce Williams -– for cursing at his cameraman and berating him in front of an interview subject.

“Ultimately, remedying the rift with individual co-workers caused by your behavior is up to you and will take constant and conscious effort,” wrote Dan Dennison. “Any further incidents of inappropriate behavior or situational response that is not professional or leaves a co-worker feeling threatened or uncomfortable will lead to more serious disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.”

Two months later, on July 30, Dennison was even more pointed:

“Your behaviors continue to cause a great deal of friction with your co-workers,” he wrote, according to the document.

“Under no circumstances should you engage in harsh language, demonstrate aggressive body language, or lash out at a photographer in front of members of the public,” Dennison continued. “Clearly much damage has been done already in your working relationships with several members of the photography staff. It is your responsibility, going forward, to work at repairing these relationships.”

The news director then ordered Flanagan to contact the station’s employee-assistance program, saying “failure to comply will result in termination of employment.”

Flanagan was hired on March 6, 2012, at a salary of $36,000, the documents show.

He was fired on Feb. 1, 2013 and filed suit 13 months later, accusing the station of sexual and racial harassment and not paying him overtime that he claimed he was due, among other things.

He represented himself in the case, which was dismissed in July 2014. The station denied any wrongdoing, said that it investigated Flanagan's claims and found them meritless, according to Marci Burdick, Senior VP of the station's parent company, Schurz Communications.

Burdick also said that there have been no threats to the station or personnel since Flanagan was fired.

The path from the summer of 2012 to his firing six months later is marked by a decline in his behavior, then improvement and then accusations the documents say.

On Aug. 6, 2012, Flanagan got the lowest possible marks for working with colleagues and the second-lowest for interacting with outsiders.

On Nov. 9, 2012, he was cited by Dennison for violating journalistic standards by wearing an Obama political sticker while waiting to vote. Though superiors acknowledged that Flanagan had not previously received demerits for his ethics, they were concerned that such a problem would only add to the pile of grievances people had with him.

“You need to quickly and diligently move from the category of an employee who commits misstep after misstep to the kind of problem-free employee we hope you can become,” his boss wrote, according to the documents.

“Your disciplinary actions and performance deficits are well documented...We are fast reaching the point where continued violations of company policy or basic journalistic standards could mean termination from employment at WDBJ7.”

Six weeks later, the managers at the station were openly discussing with Flanagan a possible end of their relationship with the reporter.

“Maybe it’s time for me to go,” Flanagan is reported to have said in response to two lengthy discussions with Dennison on Christmas Eve.

Three weeks into January 2013, Flanagan for the first time brought up “discrimination.” In a meeting called to discuss a technical problem on a story, Flanagan raised “his concerns about possible discrimination.” He was upset about “a couple of statements that he thought were racist” and said “he felt he was working in a hostile work environment.”

By Feb. 1, a meeting was called to fire Flanagan. It was punctuated by a confrontation, the documents say.

When he was briefed on his severance package, Flanagan came back with this: “"You better call police because I'm going to make a big stink. This is not right."

Station managers called the cops. As Flanagan cleared out his things, the police arrived, according to the memos.

The news director “and two police officers came into the newsroom,” according to the file.

“They told Bryce that the company wanted him off the property and needed to leave," Flanagan's bosses wrote. "Bryce refused and continued to keep trying to call (the station’s owner) from his desk phone. The officer began to take the phone and Bryce said ‘Take your hands off me. Leave me alone.’ Some other members of the staff were on the periphery of the newsroom observing and recording video. The officers continued to tell Bryce he needed to leave. Bryce tossed a hat and small wooden cross at Dan (the news director) and said ‘You need this.’

“He told one of the officers ‘You know what they did? They had a watermelon back there for a week and basically called me a n------.’ Dan instructed any remaining employees to leave the newsroom. Dan and I also went to the periphery of the newsroom and allowed the officers to remove Bryce from the building.”

In a May 26, 2014 letter, Flanagan pleaded with the judge handling the case, Francis Burkart III, according to records.

“Your Honor, what I encountered while employed at WDBJ-7 was nothing short of vile, disgusting and inexcusable,” he wrote to Burkart. “I will be able to prove the defendant broke several laws. Judge Burkart, I realize this is the ultimate ‘David vs. Goliath’ scenario, so to speak. However, I am neither intimidated nor fearful. While I may not be an expert with regards to case law and legal terms, I AM an expert when it comes to integrity, character and the difference between right and wrong.”

He said he wanted to be tried by a jury of black women. And he vowed that “I will not rest until this matter is resolved. I am a very, very persistent person and will utilize every resource I have to achieve justice…”

Flanagan also complained of “a conspiracy” by the camera staff to oust him from the station.

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aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(SUNSET, La.) -- A man who allegedly stabbed two people and fatally shot a police officer at a convenience store in southwest Louisiana has been taken into custody, according to state police.

The man drove his car to a convenience store in Sunset, Louisiana, and barricaded himself inside, said St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz. Officers threw tear gas and stormed the store when the man refused to leave, said Guidroz.

State police identified the suspect as Harrison Wiley and the officer as Henry Nelson.

The conditions of the two other victims weren't immediately released. 

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A shooting in Sunset, Louisiana, left three people injured this afternoon, according to Louisiana state police.

A police officer is reportedly among the injured, the state police official told ABC News.

This is a developing story.

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Virginia State Police(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- The man who authorities said fatally shot a reporter and a cameraman during a live report in Virginia Wednesday morning had taken steps ahead of the attack, according to details from investigators and the 23-page suicide note someone claiming to be him sent to ABC News.

According to police, the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan II, who used the name Bryce Williams on air, died Wednesday afternoon as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot hours after the attack on the crew at the station that he was fired from two years ago.

Here is what is believed about his actions during the months leading up to Wednesday's shooting.

June 19, 2015

According to the letter that was faxed to ABC News Wednesday morning, the author wrote that he was motivated by the massacre at Charleston, SC church and took steps to buy a gun two days later.

"Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15.”

The author wrote that: "what sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them."

"The church shooting was the tipping point… but my anger has been building steadily... I’ve been a human powder keg for a while… just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”

It was not clear how or when the gunman obtained the firearm that was used in the shooting.

Earlier in August

Virginia State Police Sgt. Rick Garletts said Flanagan, 41, rented a Chevrolet Sonic earlier this month.

In the past few weeks, a man who identified himself as "Bryce Williams" began contacting ABC News saying that he wanted to pitch a story and requesting a fax number. He never told ABC News about the content of the story.

6:43 a.m. Wednesday

Garletts said that the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about the gunshots heard fired at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake.

A WDBJ crew, made up of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, were doing a live interview at that location. The footage was aired live, and viewers heard gunshots.

Ward's fiancee worked as a producer for the morning news program and was in the station's control room when the footage aired.

Authorities said Flanagan fled the scene in his vehicle, a 2009 Ford Mustang.

8:26 a.m.

The 23-page suicide note was received at a fax machine in ABC News' New York headquarters.

10 a.m.

The man identifying himself as Williams called ABC News again, and introduced himself as "Bryce," but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he had shot two people. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax.

Just Before 11 a.m.

Police tracked the Mustang to the Roanoke regional airport.

Garletts said that Flanagan then left the airport Wednesday in the Chevrolet Sonic.

11:09 a.m.

Williams began posting messages on his Twitter account, detailing alleged grievances that he had with people he identified as "Alison" and "Adam," noting that he posted a video of the shooting on Facebook. It has since been taken down.

He posted a series of five tweets over the span of three minutes.

Just Before 11:30 a.m.

A Virginia state police trooper used a license plate reader, which identified a Chevrolet Sonic traveling east on Interstate 66 as the one that had been rented to Flanagan.

"She followed the vehicle a short distance as troopers responded to assist her before she activated her lights," Garletts said.

Backup arrived and she tried to get the vehicle to stop, using emergency equipment like sirens, but Garletts said he sped away.

"It was only a minute or two later when the Sonic ran off the road into the median," Garletts said.

Flanagan was found in the car by the trooper, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was airlifted to a hospital in Fairfax.

1:30 p.m.

Flanagan died at the Inova Fairfax Hospital as a result of the self-inflicted wound.

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