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Gabrielle Giffords tweets out compassion for ex-colleagues

Police and emergency personnel are seen near the scene where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot during a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

PHOENIX — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said her heart was with her former colleagues, their families and staff and the Capitol Police after a shooting at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington.

She also said in a tweet that Capitol Police, who subdued the suspect, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, were “public servants and heroes today and every day.”

Giffords was shot in the head at a meet-and-greet event outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011. She nearly died.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was among those participating in the baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He was unharmed and helped two victims, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who shot in the hip.

Flake was a fellow representative and friend of Giffords at the tie of her shooting. He raced from metro Phoenix to the Tucson hospital where she was in surgery.

Scalise was in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

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