WDBJ7 Shooting Survivor Recounts Attack: 'He Came Back & Shot Me in the Back'
WDBJ7 shooting survivor Vicki Gardner spoke to Greta Van Susteren tonight in an "On The Record" exclusive interview.
Gardner was being interviewed by WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Gardner was shot in the back during the attack.
Gardner told Greta that while she was being interviewed, she saw movement with her peripheral vision.
"Then it was just very, very fast. And I saw movement. And then gunfire. Lots and lots of gunfire," Gardner said. "From that point, it was very chaotic."
She said the only thing she could think of was to play dead.
"I just fell to the ground as though I had been hit and went into fetal position," Gardner said. "He did come back up and shot me in the back."
Gardner said she was sure that she was going to be shot in the head, so she just concentrated on remaining still and made her peace.
Luckily, the gunman didn't fire any more shots and fled. Police and emergency personnel were on the scene several minutes later.
"My heart just goes out to Alison and Adam," Gardner said. "Why save me and take them? But obviously, there's a purpose. And by golly, I will fulfill it."
Gardner's husband, Tim, told Greta that he watched the horrifying shooting unfold on live TV.
"I knew exactly what had happened. I heard the gunshots and saw the expression on her face," he said. "And then the next 15 minutes was a really tough 15 minutes."
He said that Vicki called him while she was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
"I have to tell you, those are some of the best words I've ever heard," he said. "She said that she was alive, she didn't know why, and that she loved me."