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Today marks 10th anniversary of Tucson mass shooting

Gabrielle Giffords among those who push for gun control at DNC
Posted at 6:22 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 21:07:20-05

TUCSON, AZ — Today marks 10 years since the mass shooting in Tucson that claimed the lives of six people.

The shooting also left 13 people wounded, including then-U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

Giffords was the target at the meet-and-greet event with constituents outside a supermarket and was gravely wounded after being shot in the head.

Among those killed were 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman.

Since the shooting, Giffords has become one of the nation's pre-eminent advocates for gun control legislation.

A memorial was held Friday at Tucson's Historic County Courthouse to observe the deadly shooting.

The bell ringing ceremony happened at exactly 10:10 a.m. to coincide with when the first shots were fired. It will be closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic but will be live-streamed on the ABC15 Facebook page.

Former Congressman Ron Barber, president of the January 8 Memorial Foundation that raised money for the memorial, said the Foundation Board unanimously supports the decision to not have an in-person anniversary observance. Barber was Giffords' district director and among those wounded on Jan. 8, 2011.