Members of San Diego County's congressional delegation were horrified to learn that a fellow congresswoman had been shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store in Arizona.
“Reports of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that are promising recovery are a great relief. I am saddened and outraged by this tragedy that killed a federal judge and a nine year old child as well as other injured innocent victims," said Rep. Susan Davis, (D) 53rd District.
She described Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a statement as a “young vibrant leader” and a “good friend."
"Rep. Giffords is dedicated to serving her constituents. They are fortunate to have a woman with such energy and skill who cares so deeply about them," said Davis. “We must reflect on our country and pray that this horrible shooting will renew our dedication to a serious and civil dialogue about how we can have an even more perfect union.”
The U.S. Capitol Police force is advising members of the House and their aides to "take reasonable and prudent precautions" about their own security in the wake of the shooting.
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, (R) 52nd District says he was quail hunting with his father when heard the news.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and her friends, especially with the abrupt and tragic way that this happened. It was an horrific and disgusting crime and the nation is poorer for it," Hunter said.
He said his office has received threats, but did not want to talk about when or go into any specifics.
“We don't have any security or anything. We go out in public places all the time like everybody else does," said Hunter. “'But there's not much you can do because we're always out there in the public. There's no way to be a congressman really if you're surrounded by security.”
In an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press, the Capitol Police say they are directly involved in the investigation of the shooting in Tucson. The notice says federal, state and local law enforcement authorities are involved in the investigation.
"This is a horrific tragedy that took place today in Tucson, Ariz. Karen and I send our thoughts and prayers to Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and their families, and the other innocent victims of this senseless act of violence," said Rep. Brian Bilbray, (R) 50th District.
Rep. Giffords was shot Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing a 9-year-old boy and a federal judge and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation. Read more.