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WASHINGTON, DC  (HNN) - An unthinkable tragedy occurred at our Congress On Your Corner event today in Tucson.  Our community has lost beloved friends and colleagues, and many more are injured.   Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them and to those who are suffering the loss of treasured friends and family members.

 

Congresswoman Giffords is dedicated to serving the people of Southern Arizona. It was in this spirit that our office organized today's event.  We will make further statements as details become available.  We offer thanks to the law enforcement, first responders, and medical personnel who work to save lives and mend the injured.

 

Click here for Giffords website: http://giffords.house.gov/2011/01/a-statement-from-us-representative-gabrielle-giffords-chief-of-staff.shtml

 

Many members of Congress have issued statements following the shooting. Rep Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) stated:

 

“I am shocked and horrified upon learning that my friend and colleague Gabby Giffords was shot at an official event in her district today.  I strongly condemn this senseless act of violence, and I extend my thoughts and prayers to her family, friends, staff and constituents.”

 

WV Senator Jay Rockefeller stated:

 

“Sharon and I were shocked and saddened to learn of today's shooting in Arizona. This senseless act violates who we are as Americans, and I know that my fellow West Virginians mourn this tragedy. We are praying for all those who were victims of this terrible violence--Congresswoman Giffords, U.S. District Court Judge John Roll, and so many other innocent people. May they and their families find some comfort in the support and faith of our nation."