Gabrielle Giffords Skydives on Shooting AnniversaryBy: Mike Tuttle - January 9, 2014
On January 8, 2011 a gunman opened fire at a supermarket meet-and-greet in Tucson, Arizona, hitting former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head and critically injuring her. Six others were killed and thirteen were wounded.
The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is now serving a life sentence in prison.
Exactly three years later, after lots of rehabilitation, including learning to speak, walk, read, and write again, Giffords marked the anniversary of the shooting with a skydive jump between Tucson and Pheonix Wednesday afternoon.
According to Yahoo News, Giffords blew kisses and waved to cheering onlookers after she landed safely and without injury.
Jimmy Hatch, former Navy SEAL who accompanied the divers on the plane said, “She was the least nervous person on the plane. They did a little moment of silence at the drop zone…The emotion was really heavy. Then she smiled and said, ‘Let’s go.'”
Giffords posted on her Facebook page yesterday before the jump.