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
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)

(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.

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Mar 5, 2011 1:18 PM CST
The photo is a reminder of the fragility of our life. In the next moment, you may be fighting for your life, not due to a small artery in your heart that gets blocked, but because one person's psychosis in a toxic society where people resort to violence when they feel a civil society is failing them. We should pray for the recovery of Gifford and our civil society.
Mar 5, 2011 10:07 AM CST
What a shame this women has suffered like she has due to some no good person(s). The cross hairs on a gun didn't help any, and to think Palin's mouth is still flapping. All it takes is a very few words like "don't retreat, but reload" to get an unstable person stirred up.
Mar 5, 2011 9:44 AM CST
I wonder if John Boner talks to constituents one-on-one. I'd bet a C-note against.