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Woman Injured During On-Air Virginia Shooting Released From Hospital

Vicki Gardner underwent two surgeries after being hit by a bullet on Aug. 26.

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Vicki Gardner, the woman injured during the the on-air shooting that killed reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward, was released from the hospital on Monday, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital spokesperson Chris Turnball told BuzzFeed News.

Gardner underwent two surgeries after a bullet almost took her life, her husband, Tim Gardner, said, according to WDBJ7.

"Every day I wake up to renewing strength and optimism," Gardner posted on her Facebook page. "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 more to be done. As I re-focus on things of importance I'm filled with newfound energy and the enthusiasm to make a difference."

Gardner, the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, was being interviewed by Parker on live TV when Vester Flanagan opened fire, killing the two reporters, on Aug. 26.

Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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