By: Hector Gonzales // ABC 15 Arizona
TUCSON, AZ — Today marks 10 years since the mass shooting in Tucson that claimed the lives of six people.
The shooting also left 13 people wounded, including then-U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Giffords was the target at the meet-and-greet event with constituents outside a supermarket and was gravely wounded after being shot in the head.
Among those killed were 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and Giffords’ aide Gabe Zimmerman.
Since the shooting, Giffords has become one of the nation’s pre-eminent advocates for gun control legislation.
A memorial was held Friday at Tucson’s Historic County Courthouse to observe the deadly shooting.
The bell ringing ceremony happened at exactly 10:10 a.m. to coincide with when the first shots were fired. It will be closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic but will be live-streamed on the ABC15 Facebook page.
Former Congressman Ron Barber, president of the January 8 Memorial Foundation that raised money for the memorial, said the Foundation Board unanimously supports the decision to not have an in-person anniversary observance. Barber was Giffords’ district director and among those wounded on Jan. 8, 2011.