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    An undated photo made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker (left) and cameraman Adam Ward.
    Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP
    An undated photo made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker (left) and cameraman Adam Ward.

    ROANOKE, Va. —Virginia medical officials say a TV news reporter and cameraman who were killed during a live broadcast both suffered gunshot wounds to the head.

    The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke office said Friday that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker’s official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Cameraman Adam Ward’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

    Homicide is listed as the manner of death for both Parker and Ward.

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    The medical examiner’s office did not specify how many times Parker and Ward were shot during Wednesday’s attack.

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    The shopping plaza where the two journalists were killed during an on-air interview is reopening, two days after the attack.

    On Friday morning at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia, Gifts Ahoy opened its doors. Manager Lesley Kocsis and another employee unloaded handbags and put merchandise on shelves.

    ‘‘It’s very bittersweet, but we are glad to be back,” Kocsis said.

    Kocsis said she saw the shooting on live TV Wednesday, about an hour before she normally comes in to work. She told employees to sit tight and not come in and then stayed home herself, close to the TV to follow the news.

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    ‘‘It’s cliche, but things like that don’t happen here,” she said

    She also said it will take time to for the community to process what happened, but they will bolster one another.

    The husband of the surviving victim in the on-air attack said his wife was shot in the back as she dove away from the gunman.

    Vicki Gardner’s husband, Tim Gardner, spoke to ABC News on Friday morning, and said the gunman fired at his wife after shooting Parker and Ward. Gardner said the gunman missed his wife twice, and she then dove to the ground, curled up in a ball, and was shot in the back.

    He said that after the attack, Vicki Gardner got up and walked to the ambulance after being shot, and she didn’t know the extent of her injuries at that point.

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    He added: ‘‘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.’’

    Journalists across the country have joined in tributes on social media websites to Parker and Ward.

    Broadcasters from Boston to San Diego are posting photos of themselves or their staffs with the hashtag #WeStandWithWDBJ on Facebook and Twitter.

    Some are wearing ribbons in the selfies. Others offer condolences and indicate their solidarity with the Roanoke, Virginia, TV station.