WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today issued the following statement on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8) and members of her Congressional staff during a public event in Tucson, AZ:

“I am deeply shocked by the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords. Gabby is a remarkable woman and an exemplary public servant. My thoughts and prayers are with the Congresswoman and her family, as well as the members of her staff and local residents who were harmed in this terrible attack.

“I am appalled this attack occurred at an event where Congresswoman Giffords was conducting one of the most vital aspects of her job as a Representative -- interacting with members of the community she had been elected to serve. American democracy is exceptional because of our steadfast commitment to preserving free and open debate. Actions like those taken today in Tucson have no place in our society.”