FARGO – Former North Dakota Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy is among the dozens of public officials expressing their sorrow and disgust, after an Arizona representative was shot by a lone gunman this morning in Tucson, Ariz.
Democrat Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at reportedly point-blank range while at an event with constituents at a supermarket. While Giffords was critically injured, doctors expressed optimism that she’d recover.
However, at least six people are dead, including one of Giffords’ congressional aides, a child and a federal judge, according to news reports. Eighteen were injured in the attack, and the suspected gunman is in custody.
North Dakota’s Pomeroy served with Giffords for three terms in the U.S. House before his congressional tenure ended last month.
Pomeroy issued a statement this afternoon, calling Giffords his friend and a “a bright and wonderful person who is widely regarded as one of the nicest, most pleasant and best-liked members of Congress.”
“I am sickened that such a contemptible attack would be made against my friend, Gabby, members of her staff, and other members of the general public,” Pomeroy said. “It is unthinkable to think that such dedicated public servants would be gunned down while performing their duties in service to the others.”
Pomeroy continued, “I pray for the recovery of Gabby and all of those who have been hurt, and I pray for the families of those who have been lost. I am so very, very sorry.”