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January 13th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

Intern Daniel Hernandez insists he's no hero

Although he denies it, Daniel Hernandez is being called an American hero. His quick thinking and poise in the midst of Saturday's shooting outside a Tucson Safeway supermarket likely helped save his boss Representative Gabrielle Giffords' life.

In his speech at the University of Arizona Wednesday night, President Obama lauded Hernandez for his heroism but the twenty-year-old intern insists he's no hero and says, "I have to humbly reject the title of hero even though the president did call me that." American Morning's T.J. Holmes talks to Hernandez about his first-hand encounter with the President and to Rep. Giffords' Communications Director C.J. Karamargin about his star intern.

Filed under: Arizona
January 13th, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Reps.: Doctors stunned by Giffords' 'incredible progress'

When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes last night  for the first time, spontaneously and on her own volition, since this past Saturdays shooting in Tucson, two of her closest colleagues in Congress were in the room to witness it. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D, New York, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D, Florida, were visiting Giffords when the miraculous moment happened.

Today on American Morning, Wasserman Schultz tells Kiran Chetry that the doctors were amazed by Gabby Giffords "incredible progress" in the hospital last night.

Filed under: Arizona • Capitol Hill
January 12th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Husband of wounded woman, neighbor of killed girl speaks

Suzie Hileman was at Representative Giffords' constituent event in Tucson, AZ when bullets started flying. She was hit three times but the bullets missed her internal organs, sparing her life.

Bill Hileman, Suzie's husband, says his wife's physical ailments will be easier to get over than the emotional toll; the Hilemans are neighbors of the Green family and were very close with the youngest victim of the shooting, Christina Green, who lost her life. Suzie was the one who brought the patriotic nine-year-old to Giffords' event and was holding her hand when she was shot. Bill Hileman tells CNN's Alina Cho about his wife's condition and about the words he exchanged with Christina Green's parents after her death.

Filed under: Arizona
January 11th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Were warning signs missed with Jared Lee Loughner?

Jared Lee Loughner is the accused gunman in this weekend's shooting in Tucson, Arizona that killed six and left 14 injured.

But the question remains, could this tragic attack have been prevented? As you have been hearing on American Morning, the warning signs were there. Teachers and students at Pima Community College, where Loughner attended class, reported erratic behavior including outbursts in class. Loughner was suspended from school and eventually withdrew. How can you tell if a person is a violent individual? How can you identify a problem before it happens? Dr. Jeff Gardere, a clinical psychologist and a contributor with, and Paul Callan, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, discuss with T.J. Holmes.

Filed under: Arizona • Crime
January 10th, 2011
06:42 AM ET

AZ Rep. James Farley: Gabrielle Giffords' family is "strong" & "optimistic"

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry is live from Tucson, Arizona after tragedy struck the city this weekend.

Six people were killed and 14 others were wounded in a Saturday shooting outside of a Safeway supermarket. One of those wounded in the incident was Representative Gabrielle Giffords. She was shot in the head and underwent surgery Saturday. As of this morning, doctors were optimistic of her chances of surviving.

This morning State Representative Steve Farley joins Kiran Chetry. He has known Representative Giffords for fourteen years and currently occupies her old seat in the Arizona state legislature. He visited Giffords in the hospital yesterday.

Filed under: Arizona
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