Funds sought for pet project of on-air shooting survivor

WLNI-MMONETA, Va. (AP) _ The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce in Moneta is raising funds for a community center envisioned by the survivor of last week’s on-air shooting. The project was first reported Wednesday by WDBJ7, the Roanoke television station that employed two journalists killed by the gunman. Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner is recovering from being shot in the back. Chamber Chairman Troy Keaton says Gardner had been working to establish a lakeside center for conferences, classes and community events. Keaton says the building would include an area for reflection on the lives lost and damaged by the shooting. He says the project will help the resort community move beyond the tragedy. Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed Aug. 26 by former co-worker Vester Flanagan, who then killed himself.

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