Rep. Silvestre Reyes Responds To AZ Shooting
POSTED: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 9:57pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 8:27pm
EL PASO - Tonight El Paso Congressman Silvestre Reyes has released a statement in response to a shooting in Arizona.
This morning Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman who also killed six people, including a 9-year old child and a Federal Judge.
Below is the statement from Representative Reyes:
"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic act of violence in Tucson that has claimed the lives of several victims, including Chief Judge John Roll, and has left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life. Carolina and I are praying for Gabby, her staff, and all those affected by this national tragedy. I ask all El Pasoans to keep Congresswoman Giffords, and all of today's victims, and their families in their prayers.
"Congresswoman Giffords is an outspoken and hard-working public servant, and I have had the privilege of working with her on issues important to the border region. Gabby is a fellow colleague on the House Armed Services Committee and the Congressional Border Caucus. She is a tireless advocate for our region.
"Acts of violence against our government representatives undermines our democracy, and I hope justice is served to those responsible for this senseless and cowardly act."
STORY ON THE SHOOTING:
TUCSON, AZ - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition after being shot in the head at a political event Saturday morning in Tucson.
Giffords was holding a meet and greet with constituents when a gunman opening fire, shooting Giffords at close range. At least four people, and as many as a dozen were shot. Giffords was taken to a local hospital where she underwent surgery. Law Enforcement officials are reporting the gunman has been taken into custody.
Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat, won Arizona's 8th District Congressional seat in 2006 by defeating Republican Randy Graf. She was elected to a third term this past November. Prior to serving in Washington, Giffords had served in both the Arizona State House and Senate.
Giffords is married to Mark Kelly, a NASA Astronaut and former Navy Pilot.
Among the dead include Federal Chief Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl.