Husband of on-air shooting victim describes how she survived deadly attack

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MONETA, Va. — The husband of the surviving victim in the on-air attack of two journalists in Virginia says his wife was shot in the back as she dove away from the gunman.

Vicki Gardner’s husband, Tim Gardner, spoke to ABC News on Friday morning, two days after the shooting in Moneta, Virginia.

“The surgeon told me that a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be walking, and a couple of centimeters more and she wouldn’t be alive.”

Vicki is the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and was being interviewed for a feature story at the time of the shooting. Vicki didn’t see the gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, approach her and the crew because of the TV lights.

Tim said Flanagan fatally shot WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Then he fired at Vicki.

Tim said Flanagan missed his wife twice, and she then dove to the ground, curled up in a ball, and was shot in the back.

“He pulled the trigger several times, and only fired once,” said Tim.

He says that after the attack, Vicki got up and walked to the ambulance after being shot, and she didn’t know the extent of her injuries at that point.

“But the surgeon told me that a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be walking, and a couple of centimeters more and she wouldn’t be alive,” he said.

ABC News reports that Vicki had a kidney and part of her colon removed. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Flanagan, a former disgruntled employee at WDBJ, shot and killed himself when confronted by police following the shooting.

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