Monday, January 10, 2011

Victims of Arizona Shooting


U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was the target of a gunman's rampage on Saturday morning at a political event in Tucson, Ariz., where six people were killed. Giffords, pictured here on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, was shot in the head during the attack. Doctors say the congresswoman is in critical condition, but they are "cautiously optimistic" about her recovery.

U.S. District Judge John Roll died in the shooting. The gunman, identified as Jared Loughner, 22, opened fire at a "Congress on Your Corner" event being held outside a Safeway grocery store. Giffords' aide, Gabe Zimmerman, a 9-year-old girl and three Arizona retirees also died in the attack. House Speaker John Boehner called the shooting an "inhuman act."

Zimmerman, 30, was Giffords' community outreach director and organized Saturday's event. "He was an amazing person. His goal in life was to do nothing but help people. There's not enough words to describe him," Giffords' press secretary, C.J. Karamargin, told the Sierra Vista Herald/Review.

Christina Taylor Green was invited to the congresswoman's event by a neighbor, who thought the newly elected student council member would enjoy it. The 9-year-old was born on Sept. 11, 2001. "She came in on a tragedy and now she's gone out on a tragedy, but the nine years in between were very special," her father told CNN.

Dorwan Stoddard was fatally shot in the head during the event. Reports say the 76-year-old was trying to protect his wife, Mavanell, who was shot in the legs and is expected to recover, when he was hit.

Phyllis Schneck, 79, was a New Jersey grandmother who retired to Arizona, according to The Trentonian. Though Schneck was a lifelong conservative, she voted for Rep. Giffords, a Democrat, and was attending Saturday's event to meet the congresswoman.

Dorothy Morris, 76, also died in Saturday's shooting rampage. Morris was attending the event with her husband, George, who remains in critical condition, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

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