Snyder Calls Ariz. Governor After Shooting 1-10-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Snyder Calls Ariz. Governor After Shooting 1-10-2011

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has called Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to offer support and prayers in the aftermath of the mass shooting that left Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recovering from a shot to the head.
A Snyder spokesman said Monday the governor didn't reach Brewer directly but left a message that Michigan residents are praying for the victims.
The suspect in the shooting is being held without bail and has been assigned a lawyer who defended Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Timothy McVeigh.
Jared Loughner entered the courtroom Sunday handcuffed and wearing a tan inmate uniform. His head is shaved and he has a cut on his right temple.
The 22-year-old is accused of killing six people on Saturday and injuring 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
His expression was impassive as he walked in, looked straight at the crowd at the back of the room packed with reporters, then turned around to speak to his attorney, Judy Clarke. He responded "yes" when asked if he understood his rights.
Snyder told reporters that Americans will "emerge from this horrible incident stronger."
The Republican governor says Michigan will comply with President Barack Obama's request that all U.S. flags fly at half-staff through Friday.
He says he feels secure with the level of protection and security advice he gets from the state police and notes that being a public official involves "being out in the public."
Snyder made the following statement on Monday regarding the weekend shooting in Arizona:
“I would like to offer my support and prayers for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the other victims of the horrific shooting in Arizona and their families.
“The senseless, despicable act of violence that our nation witnessed over the weekend tears at the very fabric of our democracy. But, as we all know, Americans rally together in the face of tragedy and adversity. Our spirit will not be broken. We will emerge from this horrible incident stronger and more committed than ever to move our nation forward. As the president requested, Michigan will demonstrate its respect for the victims by flying all U.S. flags at half-staff through Friday.
“I will call Arizona Governor Jan Brewer later today to share these sentiments and to let her know that the people of Michigan are praying for the rapid recovery of Congresswoman Giffords and the other victims.
“I know the hearts of every Michigander are with the Congresswoman, the victims, their families and the people of Arizona.”
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