BOSTON (CBS) – Hours after Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and critically wounded at an event in Tuscon on Saturday, some members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation sent along their prayers for her recovery.

News of the shooting spread quickly among political leaders in the Bay State, and they are hoping that somehow this tragedy could be turned into something positive.

Rep. Michael Capuano says he knows Giffords well and spoke to her while both of them were in Washington on Thursday.

“She’s well-liked. She’s well-respected. Everyone thinks that she’s a nice person. She’s well-informed, tough on the issues she’s interested in, and a great advocate for her constituents. She’s been in tough elections. She knows what it means to get elected and how to service her people, and it’s even more difficult that she gets shot in a situation where she was reaching out to people,” said Rep. Capuano.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

Former New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter served with Giffords on the Armed Services Committee. Porter said she is very close friends with Giffords and calls the shooting a tragedy.

“I’m devastated. Everybody likes Gabs. She’s the kind of person that is…she’s warm. She’s easy to talk to. She’s a good listener. We came in together four years ago. I went to her wedding shower and spent many hours sitting, talking about various issues,” said Rep. Shea-Porter.

Rep. John Tierney released a statement about the shooting:

“This is a terrible personal tragedy and our hearts ache for Gabbie, her family, and her staff. Gabbie is a good person, and a smart and honorable member of Congress as well.”

Giffords was listed in critical condition after surgery, according to hospital officials.

Comments (15)
  1. Carmen Martin says:

    It saddens me that anyone could do something like this. My prayers go out to Representative Giffords, her family, to the others that were shot and their familes, and also the great state of AZ. God be with them at this time.

  2. Angus Vera says:

    WHO SAYS mouth-shootin’, gun-totin’ Sarah Palin isn’t dangerous? She should be prosecuted for “targeting” her opponent with her riot inciting, empty headed words. A few months later, her opponent is shot in the head in cold blood in the midst of a wild killing spree. Watch out Fox and all you haters. What comes around goes around.

    1. Cynic says:

      Angus. The sad thing is that the HATERS are on both sides….Read the comments that will be made here.

    2. jay says:

      Angus you are one of the haters! ya Sarah Palin sent the man to shoot her how stupid must you be or how liberal can you be? A lady got shot and typical liberal go and attach Palin!!

      1. Angus Vera says:

        “Giffords also was among about 20 Democrats opposed in last fall’s elections by Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Palin’s Facebook page in March posted a U.S. map with the cross-hairs of a gun scope imposed over each of the 20 Democrats’ districts. Gun imagery appeared in various ways in the campaign, often not connected at all with gun rights.

        “We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list,” Giffords said at the time. “The way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize there are consequences to that action.”

        People with heads that rattle shouldn’t run their mouths.

      2. jay says:

        Angus I am not a big fan of Palin and i am a Republican! Liberals like to make the criminal the victim, rather blaming Palin for this do you think the 22 year old monster should get the blame since he pulled the trigger? It is funny I first heard this story and the first though that came to my head was humans got shot and liberals first though are who fault is this oh Sarah Palin! I am sure if a republican got shot you liberals wouldn’t care! I just hear that this monster liked Hitler is that Palins fault too? Since Obama won this country has been so divided and it is starting to make me sick!!

  3. Ellen says:

    What a tragedy and my prayers go out to all.

  4. worc says:

    If you think that truth is hate don’t go to cnn. You could not handle it.

  5. mikey says:

    There is nothing more dangerous than a deranged person with a weapon.

    My condolences to all.

  6. gramps says:

    Here’s a tragic piece of trivia….

    Christina Green, the 9 year old cut down in Tucson yesterday, was born on 9/11/01….

    If this world wasn’t so ‘Politically Correct’, would the Tucson Fruitcake’ have been on the streets?

    “And then there was silence & maybe a tear”….


  7. Lucy says:

    Of course the shooter should suffer the fullest extent of the law because we are a lawful society. You want freedom from law? Go to Congo.

    Palin and Bachman “I want them armed and dangerous.” need to be fully accountable for the words they choose to use. You want to speak this way then you should be fully held accountable for what happens because there are elements in society that just don’t get it. It’s called taking responsibility which clear the right never does as much as they say it. They don’t know what it means is probably more like it. It’s not running your mouth. It’s thinking before you speak.

  8. Lucy says:

    Look at the backers of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. What is on the agenda? It’s to silence those by any means possible apparently that dare to disagree with them. It’s a slam to the American people and liberty.

    You have to read and think to understand. Republicans in general need to be told what to think. They use labels as an excuse to avoid reading and thinking. Prove that it’s not true right wingers.

  9. Lucy says:

    Once again someone misunderstands “politically correct”. It’s solely about considering other people and acknowledging that the world today is a lot more diverse. We are more aware.

    Granted some use political correctness to judge others and act holier than thou when they are not by doing that since it is about respect for individuals and not being so quick to assume.

    Read what you write before you post. Don’t be so quick to slam liberals.

    I used to be a right winger. I didn’t read or think as much as I do now! My right winger friends refuse to read anything that they think is liberal. They just slam it without even attempting to read it. Again. Again. It’s so annoying. Then they say – tell me what you think. — why? Read it and decide for yourself. I’d love if you have a different view. Read it and then let’s chat. How can you prejudge something you have yet to read? Right wingers do it all of the time. At least the ones that I know. I know a good many actually.

    1. thomas kauycheck says:

      the tragedy in tucson,az of rep giffords should never be condoned,but you can
      see what drives people when all the politician do is lie and spend the countey
      into banlruptcy and sell there votes to special intrest. some time you think no one is listening to the people.

  10. DStein says:

    Angus, I think you’re mistaken about whose dangerous rhetoric set this nut off. It was Obama when he said:

    “They bring a knife to the fight…We bring a gun!”

    “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

    “Get in their faces” and “Hit back twice as hard.”

    Obama also encouraged his Latino supporters to “punish your enemies” during the November election. Yeah, that was real peaceful advice.

    Seems to me Obama likes to spread hate and promote violence against certain people. Since this nut was described by his friends as a Left-wing liberal, I’m sure he was tuned into every word of hate speech Obama uttered. Obama picked up that sort of hate-filled rhetoric during two decades in the pews at Rev. Wright’s church.

    Oh, and don’t forget that long before Sarah Palin came along the Democratic National Committee produced ads showing their Republican opponents in the “crosshairs” of a gun sight in campaign materials. Kinda hypocritical for the supposedly anti-gun gang, don’t you think?

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