Several hundred people gathered on the Arizona statehouse grounds in Phoenix for a candlelight vigil tonight after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded in Tucson by a gunman who shot seventeen people after the assassination attempt on Giffords. Six people died in the shooting, including Federal District Judge John M. Roll, and nine-year-old Christina Greene.
Giffords remains in intensive care at a Tucson hospital tonight after undergoing surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head.
Earlier today, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters, “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government…the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Tucson is in Pima County.