published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords completes skydive on shooting anniversary

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Tucson, blows kisses to the media, waves, and says "it was wonderful" as she briefly describes her skydiving experience as the SUV she was in drives past media cameras Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Eloy, Ariz., marking the three year anniversary after she was shot in a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz.
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Tucson, blows kisses to the media, waves, and says "it was wonderful" as she briefly describes her skydiving experience as the SUV she was in drives past media cameras Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Eloy, Ariz., marking the three year anniversary after she was shot in a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz.
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TUCSON, Ariz. — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has completed a skydive jump on what is the third anniversary of the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that left her critically wounded.

Giffords landed without any injury Wednesday afternoon at a skydiving site between Phoenix and Tucson.

After completing her landing, Giffords blew kisses and waved to a crowd of reporters. She described the jump as a wonderful experience.

Six people were killed and 13 wounded when a gunman opened fire Jan. 8, 2011, at a meet-and-greet event held by Giffords.

Residents in Tucson marked the day with a bell-ringing ceremony and a moment of silence.

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