Shooting survivor holds 'Congress on Your Corner'

7:58 PM, Jun 23, 2012   |    comments
Gabrielle Giffords, former US Representative of Arizona, celebrating with her former district director Ron Barber (l-r)
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has held his first "Congress on Your Corner," the same type of event at which he and his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords, were shot and nearly killed in a mass shooting last year.

Barber spokesman Mark Kimble says about 300 people showed up Saturday outside a Tucson grocery store as temperatures topped 100 degrees.

Kimble says visitors ranged from other survivors of the mass shooting and well-wishers to people who had concerns about their federal student loans or veteran's benefits.

The Jan. 8, 2011 shooting outside a different Tucson grocery store left six dead and 13 wounded, including Giffords.

Giffords relinquished the seat in January to concentrate on her recovery. Barber won a special election to replace her earlier this month. He was sworn in Tuesday.

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