Calif. Reps Say Shooting Won’t Halt Public Events

6 Dead; 14 Wounded In Deadly Rampage In Tucson, Ariz.

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — California members of the House of Representatives say the shooting of their colleague in Tucson won’t deter them from holding public events.

Democrats Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma and Mike Thompson of St. Helena told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that they would not react in fear to the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Gifford.



Woolsey said from her home in Petaluma that she would continue to hold public forums and that such incidents should not be allowed to undermine the democratic process.

Thompson called Gifford a friend and said he had last seen her at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

The shooting outside a Safeway supermarket Saturday morning badly wounded Gifford and left six others dead.

Doctors treating the Democrat provided an optimistic update about her chances for survival, saying they are “very, very encouraged” by her ability to respond to simple commands along with their success in controlling her bleeding.

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Federal prosecutors charged the suspect, Jared Loughner, with one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. According to investigators, a search warrant was carried out at the suspect’s home where they seized evidence suggesting Loughner planned ahead.

An unidentified man who authorities earlier said might have acted as an accomplice was cleared Sunday of any involvement. Pima County sheriff’s deputy Jason Ogan told The Associated Press on Sunday that the man was a cab driver who drove the gunman to the grocery store outside of which the shooting occurred.

The assassination attempt left Americans questioning whether divisive politics had pushed the suspect over the edge.

“There has been an increase in the violence of the rhetoric in politics in the last two or three years. But I never have been concerned for this kind of incident,” Congressman Brad Sherman, who represents the 27th District of California, told CBS2/KCAL9 in a phone interview Saturday. “I would hate to think the hundreds and hundreds of town hall meetings that my colleagues and I do around the country, really thousands, would now have to have security and metal detection, etc. and I hope very much that that isn’t the case. We’ll see what the fallout from this incident is.”

A shaken President Barack Obama called the attack “a tragedy for our entire country.”

In a brief statement Sunday morning, House Speaker John Boehner said flags on the House side of the Capitol in Washington will be flown at half staff to honor Giffords’ slain aide, Gabe Zimmerman. Boehner says normal House business this week is postponed to focus on any necessary actions in the shooting aftermath.

An outpouring of emotion came from politicians in Los Angeles, as well.

Sen. Barbara Boxer issued a statement saying her “thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who perished in this horrific and senseless tragedy.”

“What a sad and tragic day this is to learn of the shooting of our dear friend and colleague Gabrielle Giffords and many others attending her congressional event in Tucson, Arizona,” Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, said in a statement. “The vicious attack on Gabby and her constituents is nothing less than a despicable attack on all of us and our democracy.”

Gov. Jerry Brown also released a statement. He said he was “deeply saddened” when he learned of the shooting and that his “thoughts and prayers go out the friends and families of those impacted by this terrible tragedy.”

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Sunday that FBI Director Robert Mueller was traveling to Arizona to help coordinate the investigation.

Authorities said the dead included U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63; Christina Greene, 9; Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Scheck, 79. Judge Roll had just stopped by to see his friend Giffords after attending Mass.

Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin said besides the aide Zimmerman, who was killed, two other Giffords staffers were shot but expected to survive. Zimmerman was a former social worker who served as Giffords’ director of community outreach.

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  • Richard in Castaic

    This is the “2nd Amendment Solution” the Republicans have been threatening us with. I’m just pointing out the obvious… Sarah Palin winks and makes a gun gesture with her hand and mentions “Second Amendment Solutions” and soon her followers start killing Democrats so that they may “take back their country”…

    • Tom

      Richard, please get a life! If our government in Washington D.C. would start listening to the will of the people, this wouldn’t happen…Right now folks in this country are angry with the deadbeats in Washington D.C.

    • pf

      Absolutely 100% correct. The problem is that these people are stepping RIGHT up to the line, and then spitting over it. The idea of RESPONSIBILITY for their actions or stepping back and thinking about possible repercussions just does not happen with these people. Conscientious behavior has been replaced with “what someone can get away with”

    • Big D

      What evidence do you have that the shooter is a follower of Palin? NONE. Stop using this incident for your political advantage- it’s sickening. The shooter was a fan on youtube of a flag burning video as well as The Communist Manifesto. Does that sound like a Palin fan or a Tea Parter? Please stop this nonsense. It’s tacky and disgusting.

      • pf

        He ALSO had a copy of Mein Kampf as well. But no matter if you think he was affected by this , having a map with GUN SIGHTS on it, and writing things like “Don’t retreat – Reload” is not responsible and, while legal, is disgusting and immature. Palin indeed has blood on her hands, whether or not this guy is a “tea partier”

  • Mary

    Show some respect Richard.

  • Victor

    Where was the order from Obama to lower the Capitol flags to half-staff? Does patriotism take a distant 2nd to re-election in the White House these days? Thank God that John Boehner assumed control and took the correct course of action.

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  • Josh Butts

    Well Palin likes to get her face out there and be noticed. Now that this has happened all of a sudden where is she? Has she said anything about this tragedy? Sure she didn’t have any connection with the shooter of course but I’m sure she is at home laughing her a$$ off at this tragedy.

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  • Vernon Alarcon

    A walk-through weapon detector and more security will help keep idiots with weapons away from public meetings or at least make it harder for them and their sociopathic actions. A little inconvenience might save lives.

    • pf

      She was in front of a supermarket in the middle of an outdoor mall! How exactly could there have been ANY crowd control???

      • rm

        very easy PF im a law enforcement official and ive done a few events like this you rope off an area where the “SPEAKERS” will be put up some form of baracaid at a distance that allows you the police or secret service in this type of event or body guards or what ever the case room to guard your person with out the crowd being that close it also affords you the time and space to SPOT a wing nut like this and react BEFORE he puts a bullet in your person

  • willie isaacs

    the fact is that the kid was a wacked out left winger, so quit with the lies, and blameing palin, and fox, and every republican. he was one of your own, but menatlly disturbed.

    • pf

      If you are going to leave a comment and expect it to be taken seriously, perhaps you should learn some basic grammar and spelling!

  • ginny25

    There are politically volitile statements being spewed from both parties and every political group these past few years. It’s getting worse and worse. From a President that has used statements like Conservative are terrorist holding Congress hostage, to all media (from that is considered mainstream to those called special interst), on down to the guys on the corner demanding internal destruction of the country. There is no one person or party/group responsible. It is a national sickness at all levels. It’s a national disgrace.

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