Vicki Gardner’s first interview since being shot on live TV

NBC News

(NBC News) The sole survivor of that horrific shooting on live television last month is speaking out for the first time since the attack. She told FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren that she feared the gunman would shoot her in the head and that she played dead hoping he would leave.

Vicki Gardner with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce was being interviewed on a morning news program on WDBJ August 26th when a disgruntled former employee started shooting, killing reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Gardner was shot in the back and lost a kidney.

“I was laying down. I realized it was quiet and everybody was down, and I didn’t know where he was,” Gardner told Van Susteren in her first public comments since the shooting. “I felt as though the next shot — I knew the next shot, he was just going to shoot me in the head, because that was what he was doing,” she said.

The gunman, 41, killed himself hours after the attack at Smith Mountain Lake, southeast of Roanoke. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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