ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – The only survivor in last month’s deadly shooting at Smith Mountain Lake shares some encouraging news.
Vicki Gardner was discharged from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.
On Monday, Vicki posted a message in her own words on a Facebook page set up to document her recovery.
“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. It’s obvious that there is much to be done. As I re-focus on things of importance I’m filled with new-found 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.”
Over the weekend, the page posted that due to the nature and severity of Vicki’s injury, her limited strength and possibility for virus exposure, she was unable to accept visitors. Vicki’s progress has been a bit bumpy but all are optimistic of a complete recovery.
“Your humor, notes of encouragement, support and prayer are daily treasures. We will keep the community informed on her progress.”
Gardner was injured in a shooting last month while she was being interviewed by WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Ward and Parker were killed in the shooting.
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WNCN contributed to this article.