Vicki Gardner, the sole survivor of a live TV shooting in Virginia which ended the life of two WDBJ journalists, decided to speak out about the ordeal after more than three weeks of silence. Gardner told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News that she was afraid of being shot in the head and that she was ready to die that day.
On Aug. 26, Gardner was interviewed by 24-year-old Alison Parker, while 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward was filming the scene. In a matter of seconds, former broadcaster Vester Flanagan, 41, shot dead the two journalists during live transmission.
Gardner, who is the head of the local Chamber of Commerce, recalled that things unfurled “very, very fast.” When she saw the two journalists going down she dropped to the ground and played dead hoping that the shooter won’t notice.
The minutes seemed ages as the woman was lying down waiting for the next bullet to hit her head. She said she didn’t know whether the gunman was still there or he left the scene because the place was unusually quiet. But she did know that he shot in the head the two reporters, so she should be next.
“I felt as though the next shot — I knew the next shot, he was just going to shoot me in the head, because that was what he was doing,”
The woman was shot in the back, but she feared that the shooter would return and execute her as he did with the two journalists. She said that in those moments her whole world went in front of her really fast and she was ready to die.
While waiting on the floor, she was also concerned that if she makes it she would be paralyzed from the back injury. Fortunately, the gunman didn’t return, and the woman learned that she could still walk when two police officers helped her to reach an ambulance.
Tim Gardner, the woman’s husband, recalls he was watching the interview when the camera went back and WDBJ interrupted the program. Mr. Gardner said he knew from his wife’s face that something horrible happened. Ms. Gardner had the exact same face when she saw Lee Harvey Oswald being gunned down on live TV in 1963, and her husband never saw that expression on her face until Aug. 26.
Mr. Gardner quickly reached for the phone trying to find what happened to his wife. He said that he had to go through as “a rather tough 15 minute” period before he could learn whether she was still alive or not. His wife, however, called him 15 minutes later from the emergency vehicle and told him she was alive. Ms. Gardner lost a kidney and a part of the colon, but she is now able to walk.
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