Schiff Statement on shooting in Arizona

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff released the following statement after reports that fellow Blue Dog member Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot at an event in Tuscon, Arizona earlier today:

"Today's attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her staff is deeply distressing -- it is a sad day for Congress and the country. Gabby is a friend, in addition to being a colleague, and I hope and pray that she and her staff make a full recovery. It impossible to be an effective representative without exactly the kind of informal community meetings and exchanges that she was engaged in at the time of the shooting -- and that must and will continue for all of us. In this tragic hour, we come together as Americans to send our thoughts and prayers to Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, those who were injured, and their families."