WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — Members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation say their thoughts and prayers are with the Arizona congresswoman and others who were shot while visiting with constituents.

The shooting Saturday killed at least five people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, and a hospital calls the Democrat’s outlook “optimistic.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann says her “tears are flowing” at the news. She says Giffords governed with integrity and wisdom.

Rep. Erik Paulsen says Giffords is a friend who is bright, hard-working and always smiling.

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz also released statements saying their thoughts and prayers were with the victims.

Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum calls the shooting a “monstrous” act of violence.

WCCO-TV’s Lindsey Seavert Reports

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (67)
  1. cindy says:

    I sure hope they caught the sadistic F that did this! Or better yet, hope he is among the deceased.

  2. Charles says:

    Thanks stupid ass tea party! Hope you are happy now Sarah Palin!

    1. Cache says:

      You are clueless!

    2. TheWho says:

      Charles…you’re a goofball!!!

    3. dfalco says:

      Last I checked, Sarah Palin has never suggested any kind of violence. Charles you really need to get a grip on reality.

      1. Jeff says:

        She’s a well-known hunter who published a map with “crosshairs” showing districts that her party wishes to overtake. It was not subtle, however I don’t believe that it was meant to be taken as a threat of violence either. The fact is, there are psychos in this country who may interpret things in a wrong way. Similar to a “pro-life” man who shoots an abortion doctor? Palin isn’t to blame. She’s dumber than a sack of hammers, but not to blame.

    4. Gary says:

      You and your friends on here are blaming the Tea Party & Sarah Palin for this nut job?!? Your all a bunch of morons !!!

    5. Gary says:

      What a stupid comment Charles. How long has it been since you misplaced your brain? I’m guessing life is rather hard without it.

    6. Victim Du Jour says:

      Tea Party? He was a flag burning anti-religion pothead. And California wants to legalize it and tax strung out young people to pay for their spending.

    7. Charles says:

      Look idiots. Sarah put up a map of the united states with targets on it. One targeting this lady on her facebook. if you’re telling me that does not encourage this idiot to do what he has done then you’re just as stupid as he is. Now that one of your people did something so evil you want to distance yourself from him.

      1. RightUnite says:

        Did she actually put a target on this lady Charles, or is that your wishful thinking. Funny how the left never takes responsibility for their own actions. Until that happens, I won’t take any of you seriously.

      2. Tom C says:

        Your the Idiot charles !!! UNREAL!!!

    8. Steve says:

      Charles, It shows you lack any intelligent’s or feeling. This is a tragic event and to open your mouth and blame people (Tea Party and Sarah Palin) is the most idiotic statement I have read in sometime. I am a tea party member and a conservative independent voter. Gifford was someone I would have voted for.

      1. Jeff says:

        Steve, thanks for proving your own point and misspelling the word “intelligence”. This was not done by or endorsed by Palin, and I don’t think that anybody believes that. However, the fact that she published a map with “crosshairs” designating democratic districts that her party needs to overtake cannot be ignored. This was done by some idiot that took this the wrong way and was acting on his own. Do I think Palin is a moron, yes. Do I blame her for this shooting, absolutely not.

    9. RightUnite says:

      Hey moron! He was one of yours. Time to take responsibility idiot.

    10. Really? says:

      Thanks Charles for the dumbest comment EVER!!! I was just looking at the dem party’s crosshairs poster. I think I’ll blame them cause that would be as dumb!!!
      While Obama is the total moron usually, on this one he is right. He has kept it dignified and finally learned how to lead!! Get a clue Charles! You’re a few sandwiches short of a picnic!!

  3. Murph says:

    Hopefully the nutcake legislators and their media lackeys own up to their guilt for this easily predictable event or something similar.The nation wants them to cut the crapiola stuff and govern. I am sure this event will make those who keep on with the theatrics,lies and decietful innuendo pure poison in 2012! There will be fall out.So keep up the dirty politics and vaudeville acts and find yourself on the outside looking in after the next election!!

  4. Biff Shrimpton says:

    Surprising comments from her colleagues! What the h ya expect them to say?

  5. Dave says:

    22 yr old white guy in custody. Unless he was an illegal imigrant from Norway, you racist idiots are out of touch again.

  6. Jeff Maanum says:

    Bachmann, Palin, Beck, Limbaugh. You stir the crazies up everyday with the half truths and out right lies that spew out of your mouths. This is the result. Happy now?

    1. TheWho says:

      Jeff…get a life!!

    2. dfalco says:

      Jeff, I think it is you that are crazy and tell half truths. The fact is, the extreme left, where you are from, distort factual data and even try to rewrite history. This is not the result of that. It is a result of a lost soul that fell through the cracks of your wonderful, let’s love and help everyone system. The fact of the matter is, this guy should have been locked up, that is if your system really worked.

    3. Really? says:

      You’re too dumb!! Like Obama says “If they bring a knife, we bring a gun”. The healthcare repeal has been postponed. Who was really behind this? Who gained anything out of it? Obama! That’s who!!

  7. Murph says:

    Bacmann,of couse along with Pawlenty were parroting the fake “death panels” that Palin said was in the legislation.None of them should show up at any of the funerals!

    1. RightUnite says:

      Gee Murph, why do you suppose Obama took them out of Obamacare? I should say why do you think he hid them elsewhere in Obamacare??

      1. Murph says:

        Because they never existed! How di she win the liar of the year award if they were? Is the media industry so bad that people can’t believe a consensus that does not included Murdock and his Faux news! It got the name Faux for a reason.Ask Beck if he can draw it on his blackboard for ya!

      2. RightUnite says:

        Yeah Murph.. Just stick with MSNBC, CBS, ABC (All Barack Channel), CNN (Clinton News Network), and get all your news, like you would ever get the truth from those morons.

    2. RightUnite says:

      If there were an idiot award of the year I would suggest Murph get that award. He could be the grand Poobah!

  8. Dave says:

    22 yr old white male fits the profile of the tea party. I hope this doesn’t surprise anyone. Am guessing he has a poster of Palin in his bedroom in his mothers basement!

    1. Bob says:

      If he is living in his mothers basement wouldn’t that make him a liberal?

      1. Paul Solinger says:

        No. That would make him a brainwashed teabagger.

    2. TheWho says:

      Dave…I’m guessing you haven’t been watching a whole lot of the Tea Party movements!! The average age is 50…if you read into the details of this kid you’ll understand he had different ideas about life , politics and doesn’t tie himself to the tea party.!

    3. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

      @DAVE please change your screen name to scarecrow, because I wonder what you would do if you had a brain

    4. RightUnite says:

      Dave, your intelligence is telling, or I should say your lack of.

  9. Bob says:

    U r all d bags sara rocks.!!!

  10. Victim Du Jour says:

    Flag Burning and the communist manifestor links this guy to the Tea Party?

    1. Bob says:

      You are mistaken, that would make him a liberal!!!!! You just don’t get it do you ???

      1. Paul Solinger says:

        Yeah, because we all know how anti-government Liberals are.

  11. Kathie Schlegel says:

    Left, Righ,t, Im so sick of this. We are one country. Perhaps if we came together we could actually make a difference. Till then God help us!!!

    1. insignificant says:

      left,right…doesn’t matter,as they all have the same corporate bankster masters…too many comments before we really know the whole story,which isn’t gonna be found in the main-stream media ,anyways…all these political comments are just what the before mentioned masters want…everyone divided…and over a murderin’ crack pot!…yikes!

  12. Ernie Watson says:

    Conservative…..Liberal…..Tea Party Member or other…..This is wrong! Stop calling one another names and let’s talk about how we work together for the good of this country….or we will all go down!

  13. Ernie Watson says:

    Last spring Palin’s website put her district in the crosshairs and a target. If my students were to use that kind of a graphic in a presentation I would have had to report the incident to the authorities as a “threat”…..HOW COME NO ONE SEEMED TO THINK THIS ACTION TAKEN BY THOSE CONTROLLING HER WEBSITE WAS INAPPROPRIATE???

    “In an interview after the vandalism, Giffords referred to the animosity against her by conservatives. Palin listed Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” in the midterm elections because of the lawmakers’ support for the health care law.

    “For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.””

    PRAY FOR PEACE AND COMMON SENSE, because we surely have lost it in America.

    1. Paul says:

      What scares me more than anything is you liberal teachers who are brainwashing our children. Erine Watson. If I had any children in your class they would be pulled out of school and taught at home.

    2. Pat G says:

      You should pray for some common sense for yourself Ernie

  14. Ernie Watson says:

    This has gone too far! In the report from the AP today –

    “During his campaign effort to unseat Giffords in November, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly held fundraisers where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured on his website in military gear holding his automatic weapon and promoting the event.”

    To the NRA and Republicans – Yes, “…..people kill people”. Reign in the people with guns and teach them to respect opposing views and acts.

    Why are we killing ourselves?

    1. Chad H says:

      Having a gun doesn’t make someone a threat to any one! Just because some nut looses it you want reign in the people with guns? Being a teacher maybe you should read the Bill of rights! they are rights not privileges Ernie Watson

  15. Xian Marxer says:

    This is a very sad day for America! So many people like me fled to America to escape political and personal violence and now this! Let’s settle our political difference like adults—like true Americans—with a free voice and the ballot box—not violence!

  16. Paul K says:

    Now there will be a long and expensive process that involves psychiatrists and public defenders trying to determine where society went wrong and lost the perpetrator of this act. Then there will be a trial and a long incarceration either in a prison or mental institution. I would suggest an alternative. A hanging next Tuesday with the remains dumped at an undisclosed location in the desert as coyote food. Cheap fast and just. But first revoke his citizenship and remove his birth certificate from any public records for this individual is neither an American nor a member of the human race.

  17. TeaPartiersWorstNightmare says:

    All you morons ripping on Charles and Dave here, I just have one question for you: If this dog is supposed to be some leftist radical, where the h are all the Tea Party droves at? Why aren’t they making a mad rush to the media to condemn this miserable infested rat that did this? Aren’t “liberal crazies” like him supposed to be prime TP fodder? Are they afraid, or something? Personally, I’ll put my money on the answer being “or something!”

    1. Mrs.Olson says:

      Ban the Tea Party……..Satanic Demons!

      1. RightUnite says:

        We should ban all stupid koolaid drinking Mrs. Olsons.

      2. Les says:

        I wonder if Mrs.Olson wears a tinfoil hat to stop the aliens from reading her mind?

      3. RightUnite says:

        That wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

      4. RightUnite says:

        I think Mrs. Olson is Fred Phelps wife in drag.

  18. Wyatt says:

    Time for some Old West Justice! Hang ’em High!

  19. I Am says:

    If the map was so innocent, why did she remove it?

    1. Realist says:

      Maybe she didn’t want another Idiot like this one to take it the wrong way.

  20. K S says:

    And now the republlicans are whining about being blamed for the murderous shooter. After whipping up emotions against the health care law they decide to postpone the vote next week. Way to go guys, if the shoe fits wear it.

    1. RightUnite says:

      KS, go back to your pee stained sheets you pillow biter.

  21. Jill says:

    Can’t cure stupid. Which is what most of these liberal left wing idiots are doing with there tea party Rhetoric

  22. JA says:

    I’m surmising the shooter was prescribed Methylphenidate at some point in time.

  23. Phid says:

    For all of you who want to blame the Tea Party/Palin for this shooting, take a look at the tweet from someone who apparently knew the gunman:

    5:36 As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.


  24. Murph says:

    It would not surprise me at all if the mysterious guy on survielance tapes seen with the shooter shows up on the Wheller tapes as well.Maybe the dude was not so crazy as to turn down big bucks to do the hit,maybe both! The GOP is a disease!

    1. RightUnite says:

      Sorry Murph… Your wishes are not coming true.

  25. Chad H says:

    Check this out. No one on here has shown any sympathy or well wish’s for the victims or their family’s except other politicians. So what does this tell us about the country’s beloved public servants? Maybe not so well liked? As a person I hope she pulls through and recovers and my sympathy to the others that didn’t survive.

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