Arizonans remember 10-year anniversary of Jan. 8 shooting

Arizonans remember 10-year anniversary of Jan. 8 shooting
Northwest Fire District Captain Jeff Hamblen stands at attention during the commemoration of the Jan. 8, 2011 tragedy and dedication of the Jan. 8 Memorial. (Source: Randy Metcalf)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - It’s been 10 years since Jared Loughner opened fire in a crowded parking lot near the intersection of Ina and Oracle roads. The tragedy killed six people and seriously injured 13 others, including former congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was the target of the shooting.

Friday, Jan. 8, we honor those who lost their lives. Several Arizona residents and lawmakers have issued their condolences to the families and vowed to never forget what happened on the street of Tucson 10 years ago.

Governor Doug Ducey released a statement in a series of tweets that reads:

Today, we remember the lives lost ten years ago to a tragic shooting in Tucson: Christina-Taylor Green, 9 Gabe Zimmerman, 30 Judge John Roll, 63 Dorothy Morris, 76 Dorwan Stoddard, 76 Phyllis Schneck, 79. On that day, 13 Arizonans were wounded, including Representative Gabby Giffords.

We are grateful to the first responders, medical professionals and community members who acted quickly to save their lives. As the bells ring in Tucson, Arizonans all across the state are praying for the families who lost a loved one and carry the pain of that horrific day. We will never forget the lives lost, or the acts of bravery and selflessness from fellow Arizonans to help one another.

Ducey also issued a commendation to honor Rep. Giffords and the 18 other victims.

Statement from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

“On this morning ten years ago, my life and my community changed forever. The Tucson shooting shook our city to its core. But it did not break me or the people I represented in Congress. Instead, we came together, turned our pain into purpose, and along the way found hope in each other.

“It hasn’t been easy. There have been plenty of obstacles and adjustments along the way. One of the hardest decisions I had to make was stepping down from Congress, where I served the community I will always call home. But I continued to work on getting better while never forgetting the lives we lost.

“Tucson never stops fighting and we are moving ahead together, serving as an example for the nation. My recovery has taught me that even the smallest victories can result in progress. Each day, we are given a new opportunity to achieve a safer America, and we must continue that struggle through the next decade and beyond.”

Mark Kelly, the newly elected Arizona Senator and husband Gabby Giffords also used Twitter to respond to the anniversary of the shooting, it reads:

10 years ago today, a man tried to assassinate my wife, @GabbyGiffords, and in the process killed 6 people and injured 12 others. This anniversary is always difficult for our family, but today’s feels different after the violence on Capitol Hill this week. This time, it was Gabby who received the call that I might be the one in danger, and the experience sent both of us back to January 8, 2011 — the day Gabby was shot and forced to fight for her life. At a time when many would have given up, Gabby pushed forward and persevered.

I’ll never stop being inspired by my wife. Her commitment to service is remarkable. Even after being shot in the head, she has never wavered in her commitment to serve her community and fight for what’s right.

Gabby knows that when we serve each other and work together, our community thrives. The January 8th shooting robbed our community of 6 family members, friends, and loved ones. And Tucson showed us how resilient we are and that we would not be defined by the horrific act that day.

Statement from Rep. Raúl Grijalva:

“As our nation reels from Wednesday’s attack on democracy in the U.S. Capitol, we must also remember another attack in our own backyard that took the lives of six people and wounded my friend and colleague Rep. Gabby Giffords. It was a heinous attack on representative government fueled by many of the same forces of divisiveness, conspiracy theories, and poison politics that remain entrenched in our political system ten years later. An assassin’s bullet failed to kill the spirit and determination that defines Tucson, just as a mob of insurrectionists failed to overthrow our government this week.

“What happened in Tucson should never be repeated, but sustained Republican efforts to obstruct the passage of meaningful public safety legislation have made mass shootings a continual sad reoccurrence in our society. I continue to hold the names of those lost in this tragedy in my mind and heart as I work in Congress to make our communities safe and protect them from the scourge of gun violence.”

President-Elect Joe Biden spoke about the shooting on Twitter:

Ten years ago today, in Tucson, Arizona, six innocent lives were taken away by a senseless and brutal act of violence. Jill and I remember those we lost and everyone whose lives were irreversibly changed that day — including my friend Congresswoman @GabbyGiffords.

He also responded to a series of tweets from former congresswoman Giffords.

A 30-minute special broadcast will air on KOLD on Jan. 8, 2021, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. dedicated to the stories of the shooting survivors. You can watch the special both on-air and online.

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