Photo Shows Giffords a Minute Before Shooting

Rep talks with constituents in only photo released from that day

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2011 6:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords' hands are clasped, and she's listening to two of her constituents at a "Congress on Your Corner" event, just moments before a gunman walked up and opened fire. Giffords' office released the image—the only one it's released of that day—yesterday via Facebook, reports the AP, prompting comments like, "What a haunting picture" and "It is just so sad to know what is about to happen ..."

Giffords is talking with Jim and Doris Tucker in the photo; Jim Tucker was injured in the shooting, but survived. "The way it worked was people had the chance to speak to the congresswoman one-on-one about any topic, and that's what was going on when that photo was taken," says a Giffords spokesman. The photo was released as Jared Loughner faced additional charges yesterday; Giffords is using music to aid in her rapidly progressing recovery.

Emergency personnel and Daniel Hernandez, an intern for Gabrielle Giffords, move Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.
Emergency personnel and Daniel Hernandez, an intern for Gabrielle Giffords, move Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/James Palka)
This Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shows her listening as she talks with Jim and Doris Tucker, two of her constituents, one of whom also was injured.
This Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shows her listening as she talks with Jim and Doris Tucker, two of her constituents, one of whom also was injured.   (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords)
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