Lone survivor of TV crew shooting hopes to turn negative into a positive

MONETA (WSLS 10) – Friends of Vicki Gardner said the lone survivor of a deadly shooting at Smith Mountain Lake doesn’t want the tragedy to define the area.

Vicki Gardner remains in the hospital after last week’s deadly shooting. The incident happened while she was being interviewed on live television. Gardner is the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Things seem to be back to normal at Bridgewater Plaza less than a week after the two journalists were killed. However, a make-shift memorial serves as a growing reminder of a senseless shooting many won’t soon forget.

Don Habersack and his family live near Richmond, Virginia. They were visiting Smith Mountain Lake and were among those to take a moment to honor Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

“I wanted to see what people did to honor the people that died,” said Don Habersack.

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