Local Representatives Shocked by Arizona Shooting

January 8, 2011 Updated Jan 9, 2011 at 12:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 8, 2011 Updated Jan 9, 2011 at 12:17 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - Shortly after noon on Saturday, a shooter unleashed a flurry of bullets in a Safeway grocery store in Tuscon, Arizona. Among the victims shot Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Doctors are reporting she is out of surgery and recovering at this hour after being shot in the head.

Throughout the day we have received multiple comments from our local representatives on the horrific incident. Republican Christopher Lee says, "I was shocked frankly because I know Congresswoman Gifford and she's one of the nicest people I've met on the hill. She is a good person and be one of the last people on earth to have an act of violence occur against her but it tells you how tenuous it is sometimes when you're out in the public eye."

Democrat Brian Higgins released this statement, " It is a tragic day when a representative and her staff are personally attacked and seriously injured while fulfilling the basic duties of meeting with constituents and serving their community. This is a senseless and heartbreaking assault on those dedicated to public service."

Threats against lawmakers aren't uncommon. In an incident closer to home, vandals threw a brick through the window of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's Niagara Falls office back in March. Someone also left a voice-mail message at her office referencing the word "sniper."

Former Democratic Congressman John LaFalce says since the September 11 attacks times are different, "I do recall there was considerable concern on the part of every member post 9/11 because no one knew exactly what was going to happen on sept. 12, 13 etc. And so whenever we reconvened congress or even went to our offices the heightened concern and heightened security."