Former Congressman Comments on Arizona Shootings

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life after a gunman goes on a shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona Saturday.

An Arizona surgeon says representative Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition and is in a medically induced coma... but she is able to respond to doctors commands, making them optimistic about her recovery.

Authorities say the 40-year-old, who was shot in the head, was targeted at a public gathering outside a busy supermarket yesterday. 19 people including Giffords were wounded but six of those people were killed.

22-year-old Jared Loughner is currently in custody. Former Congressman Allen Boyd has known Giffords for years and I spoke to him on the phone this morning to tell us about his fellow democratic acquaintance.

Former Congressman Allen Boyd says, "Gabby Giffords is a wonderful wonderful person. I know some members of her family, I know her very well personally and we all hope and pray that she will have a very speedy and full recovery."

A federal judge and a 9-year-old girl were among the fatalities.

Authorities have recently cleared a second person of interest in the case and doctors say Giffords is on a ventilator and her eyes are closed but she is able to communicate non-verbally.

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