Gardner's husband told WDBJ the gunman's bullets came within "centimeters" of taking her life.
"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," a message on Gardner's recovery page read. "It's obvious that there is much to be done. As I re-focus on things of importance I'm filled with newfound energy and the enthusiasm to make a difference. We at Smith Mountain Lake will not be defined by an act of violence. We are #SMLSTRONG."
Garner is the Executive Director at the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce. She was being interviewed on live television about Smith Mountain Lake when she was shot.