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Bryce Williams

Holding Submachine Gun ... In News Report

8/26/2015 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bryce Williams, aka Vester Flanagan, the man who shot and killed two journalists live on TV today, once reported on gun control armed with an assault weapon.

The disturbing footage shows Williams holding a submachine gun in one of the several news clips where he's reporting on firearm and race issues.

It's significant ... considering it's believed Williams' motive for gunning down the journalists, who were his former co-workers at Virginia station WDBJ7, is a personal vendetta over racist comments. 

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Mark Cuban

Vows to Sue

Those 'Hoverboards' Belong to Me!

8/26/2015 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Cuban says he and a business partner OWN the design of the 2-wheeled scooter -- often mischaracterized as a "hoverboard" -- and he's vowing to crush all the knock-off companies.

Cuban says 2 weeks ago he partnered up with Shane Chen, who got a patent in 2014 for what he called a "two-wheel, self-balancing vehicle with independently movable foot placement sections."

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Chen included in his patent application a schematic of the vehicle, which has since been duplicated by numerous companies. Chen actually tried to market his design, which he called, "The Hovertrax."

Chen sued one of the alleged knock-off companies -- IO HAWK -- in June, but now with Cuban's firepower, the duo plans to go after all of the copycats.   

We've learned Cuban has fired off a bunch of cease and desist letters to the various companies, demanding they stop production ... or else.

The boards have blown up after a bunch of celebs, including Justin  Bieber, Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, have been out and about on the device.

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Dee Snider

Giving Donald Trump a Freebie

... On Twisted Anthem

8/26/2015 10:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider says he's totally cool with Donald Trump using "We're Not Going To Take It” as his campaign song ... but don't assume that means he's also giving him a vote. 

Snider told our photog in Bev Hills why the Twisted hit song is perfect for Trump, and in a word .. it's all about rebellion. But watch ... Dee thinks there's another candidate who should be jumping on the Twisted Sister bandwagon, and yes ... he can get it for free too.

As for who he's backing at the polls -- Dee sounds undecided.

Bonus: Snider gives us his take on Deez Nuts. That guy always wants to rock!

Josh Duggar

Checks Into Rehab

8/26/2015 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826-josh-duggar-instagram-01Josh Duggar checked into a rehab facility yesterday in the wake of his confession he was using the Ashley Madison website to cheat on his wife.

The Duggar family says it's a "long-term treatment center" ... but does not say what kind of treatment he's getting. While Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, have rarely admonished him ... they're directly ripping him now, saying ... "His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear."

They added Josh's wife, Anna, is also getting counseling for her "heart and future" -- and they're praying Josh comes to "complete repentance and sincere change."

  

Khloe Kardashian & James Harden

Set Off HUGE Fireworks

... City Officials PISSED!

8/26/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar1:00 PM PT -- We've now learned Khloe and James did NOT need a permit to set off the fireworks. They did need the Coast Guard to sign off on the safety of the display, and they got that.update_grey_gray_barKhloe Kardashian and James Harden threw their own personal 4th of July with a GIANT fireworks display that woke up thousands of residents -- and city officials are scrambling to find out HOW it got approved.

The thunderous fireworks show -- visible from multiple towns along the oceanfront -- went on for 15 minutes at the stroke of midnight. TMZ has learned the whole thing was a yacht party for Harden's 26th birthday, and it was all on the up and up. 

Law enforcement sources tell us a permit was issued to James and someone in the Kardashian family. Khloe had bragged about throwing the party for her BF, but nobody expected this kind of over-the-top display.

In fact, there's a mini-conspiracy theory brewing. We've spoken to the L.A. department that normally issues permits for fireworks in the marina ... and they did not sign off, and never would for such a display on a Tuesday night. We're told the display was far enough off shore to be outside of city jurisdiction.

We also spoke to an LA. City Councilman who is angry and trying to figure out who exactly OK'd the fireworks. One law enforcement official told us ... in 5 years he's never heard of a permit being issued for fireworks like this on a non-holiday.

It really is their world, the rest of us are just living in it.

Bryce Williams

History of Racial Allegations

Sued TV Network, Called Me 'Monkey'

8/26/2015 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bryce Williams -- aka Vester Flanagan -- sued his former bosses at a TV station in Florida back in 2000 ... claiming his bosses verbally abused him because of his race, and even called him a "monkey."

After killing 2 members of a TV news crew this morning, Flanagan accused one of the victims of racism. 

Now, we've learned it wasn't the first time he hurled such accusations ... because in his lawsuit, filed against WTWC-TV in Florida, Vester claimed he was constantly targeted because of his race. 

Here are his allegations: 

-- Claims producer called him a "monkey"

-- Claims an "official" joked about a black murder suspect with gold and green grillz, saying he had "collared greens" stuck in his teeth

-- Claims he heard a manager tell another black employee to "stop talking ebonics."

Vester claims he filed a complaint with the powers that be -- and was fired because he blew the whistle. 

WTWC adamantly DENIED race had anything to do with his termination -- claiming he was a crappy employee who often used profanity in the workplace.  

Ultimately, the case was settled out of court in 2001. 

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Reporter & Photog Killing

Suspect Shoots Himself ...

Posted Chilling Videos as Police Chased

8/26/2015 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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11:20 PM PT -- Williams has been pronounced dead at the hospital. 

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Bryce Williams -- the man who shot and killed a Virginia reporter and photographer -- turned a gun on himself, but survived the shooting. 

Police say they found him with a pulse, but he's in critical condition. While police were chasing Williams -- aka Vester L. Flanagan -- he put up the videos on Facebook and Twitter. One of the clips shows him walking up to his victims. Another shows him firing the deadly shots at point blank range.

Twitter and FB almost immediately suspended his accounts.

Williams claims the shooting was retaliation for Alison Parker and Adam Ward reporting him to human resources. He's not specific about why. He also claims Alison had made racist comments.

WDBJ says Williams was hired in April 2012 and fired a year ago.

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Live TV Shooting

Reporter and Photog Killed

(Update: Cops Chasing Suspect)

8/26/2015 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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update_graphic_red_bar8:10 AM PT -- Police have named the suspect ... he's Vester L. Flanagan aka Bryce Williams ... a former employee of WDBJ. He's tweeting video he recorded of the shooting.

7:15 AM PT -- The Governor of Virginia says ... officials believe the shooter is a disgruntled employee from the station. 

7:08 AM PT -- The suspect in the shooting is currently being chased by law enforcement on the I-81 highway in Virginia. update_grey_gray_barA TV reporter and photographer were just shot and killed during their 6:45 AM live report from a waterfront shopping plaza outside Roanoke, Virginia.

Video of the incident -- recorded by the deceased photog -- showed the gunman opening fire as he walked toward the reporter -- 24-year-old Alison Parker and Adam Ward ... the 27-year-old photog for WDBJ.

The gunman escaped the scene and police have the surrounding area -- which includes multiple schools -- on lock down. As Adam went down ... his camera captured an image of the suspect.

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Vicki Gardner, the woman Alison was interviewing, was shot in the back. She's in surgery right now.

Alison was engaged to Chris Hurst, a co-anchor at the station -- and Adam was engaged to a producer named Melissa Ott. She was actually producing the newscast at the time of the shooting, and it was her last day at the station.

A few hours after the shooting, Hurst tweeted about his relationship with Alison. 

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Nick Cannon to Chris Brown

That's Not a Shoe Collection ...

THIS Is a Shoe Collection!

8/26/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826-nick-cannon-shoes-instagramNick Cannon saw Chris Brown's shoe collection and thought "Aww, that's cute" ... and decided to post a few pics of his closets ... on both coasts! 

Cannon jokingly called out CB -- who recently showed off his collection. Nick captioned his pic, "@chrisbrownofficial I got stairs and ladders too! LOL! #LACloset BTW my people I'm NOT showing off or bragging by any means, but I have to show young @chrisbrownofficial a lil Sumpn' real quick." 

Looks like some of Mariah's shoe game rubbed off on Nick.

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Tyga & Scott Disick

Who's the Lord Now?

8/26/2015 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826-tyga-scott-disick-fameflynetKardashian family boyfriends present and past came together randomly Tuesday when Tyga and Scott Disick crossed paths while shopping at Barney's New York in Beverly Hills.

Scott needs to up his handshake game a little bit. Just sayin' ...

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Ronda Rousey

Trashes Mayweather

I Make More Per Second!

8/26/2015 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey is DOUBLING DOWN in her war with Floyd Mayweather -- calling him an illiterate moron and hitting him over the head with the subject that's the most dear to his heart ... money. 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Criminal Charges NOT Likely

8/26/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0820-bruce-jenner-infphotoThe L.A. County D.A. now has the Caitlyn Jenner case, and sources connected to the office tell TMZ the initial sentiment is that the collision was a tragic accident but not criminal. 

Our sources say the attorneys in the Major Crimes unit which reviewed the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. 161-page report thought it was relevant Jenner braked several seconds before impact in an attempt to avoid hitting a Lexus on PCH in February  ... a collision that killed the Lexus driver.  

The D.A. could file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges because Jenner violated the speed law by not slowing down quickly enough. But the D.A. doesn't automatically file criminal charges because a driver was inattentive. It usually has to be more than simple negligence to trigger a prosecution. 

It's interesting ... the D.A. did not charge an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy who was typing on his patrol car computer last year and drifted into a bike lane killing a man, so it seems unlikely they'd file against Jenner, who was not on the phone or texting.

We're told the D.A. should make a decision within a week.

Amber Rose and Blac Chyna

Baring It All

For Reality Series

8/26/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-amber-rose-blac-chyna-INSTAGRAM-01Amber Rose and Blac Chyna are getting their own MTV reality show, TMZ has learned.

We’re told it’s close to being a done deal with contracts on the table.

Both women have a lot in common … recently single, working mothers with high-profile rappers for baby daddys and money in the bank. They also have past love affairs with the stripper pole.

Sources close to production say the show won’t be ratchet ... it'll focus on Amber and Chyna taking care of their kids while juggling work, including club appearances.

No word if either of their famous exes Wiz Khalifa or Tyga -- who already has a show on MTV2 -- will be involved, but it wouldn’t hurt ratings.

  

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