Gardner wakes from her medically-induced coma and tells her husband that she couldn’t see Flanagan approaching in front of her because of the bright lights of the camera. She says that Flanagan first targeted Parker, before turning to shoot Ward. She remembers seeing him wearing body armor. Husband:
Then he shot three times at my wife, and she was trying to dodge everything. He missed twice, and then she dove to the ground and curled up in a ball, and that’s when he shot her in the back. I don’t think she ever felt like she was in danger after she got up and walked to the ambulance after being shot, but she didn’t know the extent of her injuries at that point, but the surgeon told me that a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be walking and a couple of centimeters more and she wouldn’t be alive.
Once Flanagan left, Gardner started walking away in search of help – despite suffering a bullet wound in her back. An ambulance took her to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery, followed by additional surgery to her abdomen, where a kidney and part of her colon were removed. She is expected to make a full recovery.