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Boren Comments on Friend's Shooting (Jan 10, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Rep. Dan Boren calls the shooting of his friend and colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a "horrific event."

Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a Tucson grocery store, killing five and wounding several others.

Boren, D-Okla., said he and Giffords were friends before she came to Congress and they are members of the fiscally conservative, "Blue Dog" Democrats. Reps. Tom Cole and James Lankford, both R-Okla., also called the shooting tragic and senseless.

Cole says he's not aware of extra security precautions being taken because of the shooting.

Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Gov.-elect Mary Fallin, said Fallin had served with Giffords, but she didn't have any comment on the shooting. Fallin was the 5th District congresswoman before running for governor.

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