Channel 9 News Charlotte

January 10, 2011 by USA Post 

Channel 9 News Charlotte, Several local representatives of Congress have offered their condolences after the shooting Saturday in Tucson, Arizona that killed six people and injured more than a dozen others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

“We can not and must not tolerate acts of violence such as these, especially when the victims work for the good of the American people,” said Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC 9th district) in a statement.

The shooting happened outside a grocery store where Giffords was meeting with constituents. Police said the gunman targeted the member for three quarters then fired at random on staff and others are lining up to talk to him. It ended when the gunman approached two people on the ground.

The assassination attempt left Giffords in critical condition after a bullet pierced his head. The dead included U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9 years, Christina Greene. Roll, who was the chief federal judge in Arizona, had stopped to see his friend after attending Mass Christina Gifford had just been elected to its student council and was interested in meeting Giffords.

“I ask you to join me in praying for the recovery of Gabby, as well as all victims and families who were affected by this senseless tragedy,” read a statement from Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC 8th District). “I am honored to call Congress Giffords not only a colleague, but also a true friend.”

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) called the incident “a tragedy.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with Giffords Congress, his family and staff, and families of those injured in killed,” she said in a statement.

Police said the shooter was in custody. He was identified by people familiar with the investigation 22 years, Jared Loughner. His motive is not yet known, but Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik described as mentally unstable and possibly acting with an accomplice.

President Barack Obama has sent FBI Director Robert Mueller in Arizona to assist in the investigation. In an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press, the Capitol Police said they also were directly involved in the investigation. Capitol Police advised the congressmen to take reasonable and prudent “about their own safety in the wake of the shooting.

“Our policy is never to discuss office security procedures,” said a spokesman Kissell Channel 9 when asked about whether his job was to make security changes in light of the shooting.

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