by Scott Creighton
As is often the case with these events, the people that craft them pay very close attention to social media and websites like this one in order to discern the glaring problems with their stories.
In this case one of the biggest problems with their narrative is how no one reacted to the large gun-toting stranger approaching the group during the interview and how they had no reaction when he stood right beside them with his gun drawn. He stood right next to them, gun out, and then realized the camera wasn’t focused on the two women, so he stepped back and waited.
Many of us out here pointed out how ridiculous that entire sequence was and it’s truly one of the most telling aspects of the WDBJ shooting hoax.
So now they are trying to “fix” it. They are trying to fix that issue and at least one other.
According to the AP:
The woman who survived the on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists says she never saw the gunman walk up to the group because the camera’s bright light blinded her…
The first four shots were aimed at Parker, and two more were aimed at Ward, Gardner’s husband Tim said in a telephone interview from the hospital where she is recovering. Then he fired at Gardner, though his first couple of shots missed her.
“And then when she dove down and got shot, he stopped shooting and took off,” he said. “But she wasn’t sure he was gone so she just laid there playing possum until first responders showed up.”
Flanagan fired 17 shots from a Glock pistol… AP
Her claim is that she couldn’t see Flanagan approach the group and stand four feet from them two women because the bright lights “blinded her”
As you can see in this shot, the cameraman, Adam Ward, is focused on the background, shooting across the parking lot and not the two women conducting the interview. Ergo the “bright light” is not on her.
That’s the moment when Flanagan steps up and points the gun at the two women about four feet away from them. Notice there are no hot-spots, or lighting glares on Ms. Gardner, ergo, the camera is not “blinding her”
He stands like that for several seconds as the cameraman films the location, not the two women. During that time no one has any reaction to his presence at all.
Flanagan steps back feeling uncomfortable because he’s entered “the scene” too early and still there is no reaction from anyone. He waits. Notice there is still no camera glare on either of the two women.
Only after the camera refocuses on the actual interview participants does Flanagan finally take the action they claim he went there for in the first place. Now, he doesn’t wait a second. He doesn’t even bother stepping back closer to the women where he was before. He simply opens fire. Notice the lighting glare on the women?
For them to attempt too say Gardner couldn’t see the shooter approach and brandish a gun so close to them due to the light from the camera blinding her is ridiculous upon further inspection because when all of that happened, the cameraman and his light were focused on the parking lot, not the interview.
The other aspect they appear to be trying to fix with this addendum is the simple fact that if this man were on some racist crusade against white people, why did he leave Vicky Gardner alive.
According to the story, she “played possum” after getting hit one time in the back while “diving” for the ground AFTER he shot at her “several times” at POINT BLANK RANGE… missing all his shots (like he did with the reporter?).
Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. This woman stands frozen in space as the shooter pops off a bunch of shots at the other two people and when he turns his attention to her, missing a whole bunch of point blank range shots, she suddenly becomes Wonder Woman, springs into action and has the fortitude and discipline to lay there on the ground after being hit pretending to be dead?
That’s pretty impressive right? Especially when you consider this is how she initially reacted.
The story then gets more impressive than that:
“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 walked over and shot her in the back.” Mirror UK
Dodging bullets? She really is Wonder Woman.
As bad of a shot as Flanagan was, I’m surprised he managed to shoot himself in the head. Then again, maybe he had some help with that.
Perhaps there is one aspect of this testimony that rings true, she “pretended” to be dead and did so “until first responders showed up.”
Seems to me there was a lot of pretending going on at Smith Mountain Lake that morning.