President Barack Obama is asking the nation to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. EST Monday for the people killed and wounded in the shooting Saturday in Arizona.
“I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” the president said in a statement Sunday. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”
A gunman opened fire at a constituent event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Tucson. Six people were killed, and Giffords and 13 others were wounded. The Congresswoman is in critical condition.
Obama also signed a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff.
A presidential trip Tuesday to Schenectady, N.Y., has been postponed, the statement said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.