It's been a crazy weekend here in Tucson. If you haven't heard, there was a shooting at a Safeway grocery store Saturday morning at 10 am, where our local Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a Congress on Your Corner to meet the public. Six people died and another 13 were injured. The gunman, 22 year old man, was taken down by 2 of the people there, before police showed up. He shot the Congresswoman point blank in the face and she had surgery on Saturday to remove part of her skull to let the swelling go down. The bullet exited her head, but it did do some serious damage. Currently, she is on a ventilator and responding to small commands (i.e. squeeze hands, thumbs up, etc.). The doctors at University Medical Center have her in a medically induced coma, which they bring her out of to check her status every-so-often.
The other victims that died were:
Christina Taylor Green - age 9. Christina was born on 9/11/01. She had recently been elected to her student council. Her neighbors invited her to go so she could see some real-life politics. They were also injured.
Judge John Roll - age 63. Judge Roll was a Federal Judge for Arizona District Court. He showed up at the rally to support his friend, Gabrielle Giffords.
Gabe Zimmerman - age 30. Gabe was Gabrielle Gifford's aid. His job was community outreach. He was my age and had recently gotten engaged.
Phyllis Schneck - age 79. Phyllis spent her winters in Tucson from New Jersey. She was active in her church and not politically active according to myfoxny.com.
Dorwin Stoddard - age 76. Dorwin died shielding his wife from the barrage of bullets. Mavanell "Mavy" Stoddard, 75, was shot in the leg several times but is expected to recover. Dorwin and Mavy were high school sweethearts who married later in life after their spouses had passed away. They were both leaders in their church ministry and stopped by to tell the Congresswoman what a good job she was doing.
As you might imagine, Tucson is stunned by this. I did venture to a different grocery store yesterday and it was all people could talk about. It's all over all the news here and from what people have told me, all over the country. It was on Dateline NBC last night, which we caught a bit of, but then we had another issue to deal with last night (see the next post). It's very scary to see my hometown all over national news. I cringe when I hear "Tragedy in Tucson" on anything. It's very sad.
I did hear one good thing this morning. A friend of mine from high school is an anesthesiologist at UMC. She was there when this all happened on Saturday and she posted this on her Facebook page this morning: