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Virginia Shooting: Interviewee Vicki Gardner In Surgery After Tragic Attack

Wed, August 26, 2015 10:33am EDT by 1 Comment

Absolutely devastating. Vicki Gardner was being interviewed by Alison Parker of Virginia’s WDBJ news station when a gunman opened fire, killing the reporter and her cameraman, Adam Ward. Vicki is recovering from surgery in stable condition after the horrifying attack.

Vicki Gardner was shot in the back during the horrific shooting in Virginia in Aug. 26. The attack, which killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, left Vicki injured. She was rushed to the hospital and is recovering from surgery.

Alison was interviewing Vicki, who is the head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, about tourism in that particular area of Virginia, when the unknown gunman started firing. Adam, who was filming the interview, was shot first, dropped his camera as shots continued to ring out.

Both Adam and Alison were confirmed dead after the shooting, and Vicki, who was shot in the back, was rushed to emergency surgery, CNN confirms. She is in stable condition. Since Adam’s camera was rolling at the time this all took place, a chilling video was captured of the shrilling screams following the first shot. The gunman is still at large, but a quick image of him was caught on the shocking video. His motive is unknown, although it’s reported that he may have been a disgruntled employee of the station.

“The basics were, Alison Parker, our reporter, and Adam Ward, our photographer…earlier this morning…during a live broadcast, they were killed this morning at Bridgewater Plaza at Smith Mountain Lake,” Mike Morgan, a WDBJ employee tells “Alison was 24 years old and Adam was 27. Both grew up inside the WDBJ viewing area.”

Both Adam and Alison had significant others at the station, and, sadly, Adam’s fiancee was watching the entire thing happen from the control room. Alison’s boyfriend, Chris Hurst, was an anchor at WDBJ, and remembered his ‘love’ in a touching Twitter message after the news of her death was confirmed. “We didn’t share this publicly, but [Alison] and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb,” he wrote. “We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday. She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back.”

Our thoughts remain with Alison, Adam and Vicki’s family and loved ones during this tragic time. We will continue to update as this story develops.

— Alyssa Norwin