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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 29, 2015, Bluefield, West Virginia Survivor recounts on air to shooting from Hospital bed Roanoke a apr the women who survived the on air shooting that kitted two to journalists says she never saw the gunman Watte up to the group because the Cam Era s Bright Light blinded Ber. Vicki Gardner a chamber of Commerce official was answering questions about the Community on live to when the gunfire erupted. She was wounded As she fell to the ground after hearing the first gunshots her husband said Friday. The gunman. Veiler Flanagan ambushed we by to cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker during the interview wednesday at the Smith Mountain Lake visitor Center. Gardner is executive director of the resort areas chamber Fri Commerce. The first four shots were aimed at Parker and two More were aimed at Ward Gardner a husband Tim said in a Telephone interview from the Hospital where she is recovering then he fired at Gardner though his first couple of shots missed her. A and then when she Dove Down and got shot he stopped shooting and took off a he said. A but she Wasny to sure he was gone so she just Laid there playing Possum until first responders showed up a Flanagan fired 17 shots from a clock pistol the Franklin county sheriffs office said in a statement Friday. The Wilt mrs and evidence seized from Flanagan a apartment showed the Man a closely Iden miffed Quot with people who have committed mass murders including the sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Parker and Ward died of gunshot wounds to the head and body. Vicki Gardner was shot in the Back. Flanagan shot himself to death after a police Chase. A photo in Honor. A Candle bums in front of a memorial for two slain journalists at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta a. Friday. The shopping Center where the two were killed during a live television broadcast was reopening Friday for the first time since the shootings Quot the courage and determination they showed is truly truly extraordinary a Mcauliffe said outside the station. Hie governor talked about his support for Universal Back ground checks and said he and Alison Parker a dad Adam would fight for tougher gun Laws. A there Are too Many guns in America and there Are clearly too Many guns in the wrong hands a the governor said. But Mcauliffe himself a gun owner also conceded that Flanagan had passed a background Check Parker a Boyfriend not yet ready to take a stance on gun Laws because he is a journalist instead remembered the couples Whitewater kayaking trip just one week ago. A we went past a special place on the River where she turned to me and she said a Chris this is where i want to get married. this he wonderful a and so now we re going to place her ashes Flanagan a former reporter at we by was fired from the station in 2013 for poor performance and conflicts with co workers who said he was always claiming to be the victim Parker a Boyfriend. We by Anchor Chris Hurst said Parker went on an assign ment with Flanagan when she was an intern and innocently remarked that her Friend lived on a Cotton Hill Road Flanagan accused her of Mak ing a racist remark some thing he apparently did often a she did not really know what he was upset about specifically. She just knew that she Felt uncomfortable being around him As did Many Many other people at the station a Hurst said. Gov. Terry Mcauliffe met privately with station employees to share his condolences. The so or so workers have been described As a close knit group and they have continued reporting on their slain colleagues in the face of the tragedy family of hospitalized victim in Roanoke shooting gives statement Roanoke a. Apr we Are heartbroken at the loss of Adam Ward and Alison Parker two shining stars in our Region. Our condolences go to their families their Many colleagues in the Media Community especially wdbj7, and their Many friends throughout our area. Adam and Alison always made getting up in the mom ing a Little bit easier and a lot More fun we Are also grateful for the overwhelming love shown by you in support of Vicki these last few Days. For the countless prayers Flowers and phone Calls thank you from the Bottom of our hearts. This afternoon Vicki remains in Good condition at Carillon Roanoke memorial Hospital and is recovering Well she has undergone two surgeries since being brought by ambulance to the Hospital immediately following the incident on wednesday morning her first surgery per formed by Carillon a trauma a a a a we Are also grateful for the overwhelming love shown by you in support of Vicki these last few Days. For the countless prayers Flowers and phone Calls thank you from the Bottom of our hearts. A Gardner family services team was to address the immediate life threatening injuries sustained when the gunman shot her once in the Back during the live Remote broadcast her second surgery which occurred yesterday thursday August 27helped to further repair the damage done by the Bullet during the surgeries Vicki had her right kidney and a portion of her Colon removed. Vicki has shown her Amaz ing strength in Many ways Over the years and this weeks incident again revealed that strength and her determination. After being injured and having witnessed the murders of Alison and Adam she walked herself to the ambulance and called her husband to let him know what had happened today she is awake Alert and talking and we Are grateful to the Many people who have cared for Vicki through out this ordeal the emergency medical services work Era in Franklin county police and sheriffs deputies from Franklin and Bedford counties the nurses and doctors at Carillon and All of the individuals in Between who made her their priority. Please respect our privacy during this difficult time. Regional Ada rally aimed at saving Southwest Virginia training Center by Bill Archer Bluefield daily Telegraph Wytheville a. A an organization that works to raise awareness of the important work that the southwestern Virginia training Center provides for i do it intellectually develop mentally disabled individuals will be hosting a rally today from 2 to 4 pm in Wytheville. The rally will take place on the Campus of Wytheville Community College in the Wytheville meeting Center. It is sponsored by the Parent advocacy in advisory Council of Southwest Virginia Teresa b Barringer serves As executive director of Paar Southwest Virginia a this rally is being held to recognize the 25th anniversary of the americans with disabilities act to bring increased Public awareness to the filet that it s important to keep the southwestern Virginia training Center open Quot Teresa Barringer executive director of Paar said. The so Etc in Hillsville a. Is scheduled to be closed june 30. 2018, it is one of the four training centers slated for closure in response to the olm Stead act the Federal government considers smaller group Homes would be a More Cost effective Way to treat intellectually and developmentally developed individuals a a we re fighting to keep it open a Barringer said. A we have taken several trips to Richmond a. To speak with our legislators about the Issue a Barringer said Quot the staff at the so Etc have done miracles a Barringer a brother suffers from autism and stays at the be. Ter in Hillsville. Barringer said that her brother participated in activities and has been Able to work. A these smaller group Homes done to have the same kinds of activities a she said a we feel there is a greater need for mentally and physically disabled persons than for people with mental illness the Public is invited to attend the rally. 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