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January 21st, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Tucson shooting victim recounts chaos

"As she greets the constituents, I stand beside her to help facilitate any further follow-up action…I was standing right next to her when the gunman came past on my left and raised his gun and shot the congresswoman in the head."

Ron Barber is the District Director for Representative Gabrielle Giffords and was standing outside the Tucson, Arizona Safeway supermarket on the morning of January 8. The event, "Congress on your corner" was the 21st for the congresswoman. The series was meant to be a regular effort by Congresswoman Giffords to get to know her constituents. But on that morning the events were unlike any other prior. The events unfolded quickly. Barber recalls, "I don't think I knew anything was happening until I saw him come past me and almost immediately, he fired his gun.

When the firings were over and the gunman was pinned, Congresswomen Giffords was shot and District Director Ron Barber was shot twice. Once in the cheek and once in the thigh. In total 6 were killed and 13 were injured. Barber is now recovering and was released from the hospital last week. He talks to T.J. Holmes to reflect on the events of that day.


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