U.S. politicians angered, shocked by shooting of congresswoman

08:44, January 10, 2011      

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A medical helicopter evacuates victims from a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tucson, Arizona, where U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) among others were shot and seriously wounded, in this still image taken from video released on January 8. 2011. Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat in her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, was airlifted to a hospital in Tucson on Saturday shortly after being shot in the head at point blank range at a Safeway supermarket in the Arizona city. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday has angered, shocked and grieved politicians across the nation.

Giffords was shot in the head at an appearance with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona. The attack, which apparently targeted the congresswoman, killed six people and wounded 13 others.

Among the dead were U.S. District Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, a 30-year-old aide to the congresswoman; and Christina Taylor Green, a 9-year-old girl who had just been elected to her school's student council. Also killed were Dorthy Murray, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Scheck, 79.

Giffords, along with four others, are in critical condition.

It was the first time in more than 30 years that a U.S. lawmaker was the victim of an assassination attempt.

"We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society," President Barack Obama said from the White House.
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