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Smith Mountain Lake shooting victim Vicki Gardner released from hospital

Posted at 9:19 AM, Sep 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 12:28:07-04

ROANOKE, Va. -- Vicki Gardner, the woman injured when a gunman opened fire during a live television newscast at Smith Mountain Lake last month, was released from the hospital Monday, according to a WDBJ7 report. WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were killed in the incident.

Gardner's husband told WDBJ the gunman's bullets came within "centimeters" of taking her life.

"Every day I wake to renewing strength and optimism. I have no thoughts of 'why me' but a feeling of what can be done to unite our great community and leave a lasting positive legacy in place of this tragedy," a message on Gardner's recovery page read. "It's obvious that there is much to be done. As I re-focus on things of importance I'm filled with newfound energy and the enthusiasm to make a difference. We at Smith Mountain Lake will not be defined by an act of violence. We are ‪#‎SMLSTRONG‬."

Garner is the Executive Director at the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce. She was being interviewed on live television about Smith Mountain Lake when she was shot.