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Island congressional members react to shooting of Ariz. congresswoman

Charles Djou Charles Djou
Ed Case Ed Case

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's current and former members of the U.S. House reacted to the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded Saturday as she met with constituents at a shopping mall in Tucson:

"Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and I served together in the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. She is a true patriot and friend. I am hopeful for her successful recovery. My thoughts are with all of the families and victims affected by this insensible and tragic shooting that took place today in Arizona where Congresswoman Giffords was meeting with constituents." -- Gov. Neil Abercrombie, in a printed statement.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the victims and families affected by this senseless and appalling attack. Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and supporters were attacked while reaching out to their constituents and its my sincere hope that those responsible for this despicable act are punished to the fullest extent that the law allows. There is no room in our country for this kind of unspeakable violence. I wish Congresswoman Giffords and those still fighting for their lives a speedy recovery." -- Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D), in a printed statement.

"She was showing me how to add some of her favorite apps onto my iPad -- NPR , Flipboard, CNN, and we were both just laughing about how we both loved our iPads. She is just such a wonderfully warm, caring person. I'm hoping and praying that she'll pull through." -- Rep. Mazie Hirono (D); she and Rep. Giffords both started their terms in Congress in 2007.

"She was doing what a good congressional representative should be doing, going home during the weekend and reaching out and making sure that the voters of her district were being able to communicate with her directly. And for a tragic incident like this to occur while she was doing her job as a congresswoman is incredibly sad and incredibly tragic." -- Former Rep. Charles Djou (R). Djou and Giffords served together on the House Armed Services Committee, and co-authored the Truth In Spending Bill in the last Congress.

Watch the attached video for Lisa Kubota's interview with former Rep. Ed Case

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