TUCSON, Az (WAVY) - President Barack Obama said the nation is still shocked and grieving after Saturday's deadly shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six people and left a congresswoman in critical condition after being shot point-blank in the head.
Speaking in the Oval Office Monday, Obama said Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is "still fighting". In total, 19 people were shot in the attack; among the six people killed were Arizona's chief federal judge, a 9-year-old girl interested in government, and one of Giffords' aides.
Obama said the courage of those who responded to the shooting showed "the best of America." As both a president and a father, Obama said he has been spending much of his time reflecting on the weekend's events and reaching out to family members of those affected.
The White House said Obama had called Gifford's husband Mark Kelly, and the family of Christina Taylor Green, a 9-year-old girl killed in Saturday's incident. Obama has also spoken with several members of Congress, including Arizona's Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain.
Obama spoke alongside French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is visiting for talks on issues of interest to both countries.
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