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Virginia TV Shooting Survivor Out of Hospital

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Reporter Alison Parker, left, is seen interviewing Vicki Gardner shortly before both were shot on live television in Roanoke, Virginia, Aug. 26, 2015.

Reporter Alison Parker, left, is seen interviewing Vicki Gardner shortly before both were shot on live television in Roanoke, Virginia, Aug. 26, 2015.

The sole survivor of the Aug. 26 television on-air shooting in Roanoke, Virginia, has been released from the hospital and has posted about her experience on social media.

Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed on live TV when Vester Flanagan gunned down WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker, was released Monday from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Flanagan later shot himself to death after a highway police chase.

Gardner lost a kidney and part of her colon as a result of the attack, according to her husband, Tim Gardner.

In a Facebook post, Vicki Gardner appeared to have a positive attitude.

“Every day I wake to renewing strength and optimism. 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 to be done. As I re-focus on things of importance I’m filled with new-found energy and the enthusiasm to make a difference. We at Smith Mountain Lake will not be defined by an act of violence.”

The Facebook page noted that her recuperation has been hard, but that a full recovery is possible.

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