A gunman opened fire outside of a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, yesterday killing six people and wounding 14 others. Today it has been revealed that one of the victims was 9-year old Christina-Taylor Green, granddaughter of Phillies senior advisor and former manager Dallas Green. Her father, John, is a scout for the Dodgers.
The third grader, who had just been elected to her student council, was at the store with her neighbor to attend U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ meet-and-greet when the gunman shot Giffords and then began spraying the crowd with bullets. While Green survived the initial shooting, she was later pronounced dead at University Medical Center.
Green played second base as the only girl on her little league baseball team. She also enjoyed dancing, loved animals and wanted to attend Penn State when she was older.
The sad irony is that Green was born on September 11, 2001. Someone who represented a symbol of hope on one of the worst days in American history is now a victim of terrorism.
Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head but is in critical condition following surgery. She cannot speak but is able to communicate with simple commands. Doctors are “cautiously optimistic.”
The other five people killed have been identified as Gabe Zimmerman, an aide to Giffords, Chief Judge John Roll of the U.S. District Court for Arizona, 76-year-old Dory Stoddard, who was trying to shield his wife, 76-year-old Dorothy Morris and 79-year-old Phyllis Scheck.