giffords.jpgBay Area politicians are expressing sadness and shock today over news that a Congresswoman from Arizona was among several people shot at an event in Tucson, Ariz. this morning.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot during a “Congress On Your Corner” event in her home district this morning.

“This terrible act of violence is a national tragedy, and today is a very sad day for our country,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said in a statement.

“It is especially tragic that she was attacked as she was meeting with her constituents whom she serves with such dedication and distinction,” Pelosi said.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, called Giffords “a very talented, rising star in the Congress” who was “attacked while engaging in one of the most basic activities of public service.”

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said the family and loved ones of Giffords, as well as her constituents, “will remain in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to learn more about this heinous act of violence.”

During the inaugural meeting of the new San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Board President David Chiu requested a moment of silence for the “horrific tragedy” in Arizona.

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