Published: Jan 08, 2011 11:31 PM EST
Updated: Jan 08, 2011 8:41 PM EST

FT. MYERS, Fla - Florida's leaders react and comment on the shooting of  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

From Congressman Connie Mack, “Our thoughts and prayers today go out to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her family and her staff members; and for family and friends of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and for the five others who tragically lost their lives today in Tucson Arizona.  We also hope for the full and speedy recovery of all of those wounded in this horrific episode.”

Senator Marco Rubio says, "My family and I pray for Congresswoman Giffords, all the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families. This senseless act has shocked our state and nation today, and I join my fellow Floridians in praying for her recovery. My family and I also mourn the loss of Judge Roll and others killed today.  May they rest in eternal peace, and may their families find some comfort in their memories and in knowing that Florida's prayers are with them."

Rep. Tom Rooney shared these thoughts, “I hope we all take a minute to pray for Gabby, her family and all the victims of today’s shooting. I have gotten to know Gabby over the last two years on the House Armed Services Committee. She is a remarkable public servant and truly a nice person. Tara and I want to send all our best to her and her family, and we look forward to seeing her back in Washington soon.”

Senator Nelson says, "I am deeply saddened to learn of today's events in Tucson.  My prayers go out to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and all the victims, as well as to our NASA family, which includes her husband, who is training to be the next commander of the space shuttle mission slated for April, and her brother-in-law, who is currently serving aboard the International Space Station."

Congressman Allan West shares these thoughts, “It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the incident which led to the critical injury of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several members of her staff. Today, the prayers of myself, my family, and my staff go out to the family of Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, and the constituents of the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona. The United State House of Representatives and all Americans are praying for these faithful servants to our Republic."

Congressman David Rivera released this statement, “I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that occurred in Tucson today.  There is no room for attacks like this in a free society where we have the luxury of an open exchange of ideas.  This is a sad day for our country.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Judge John Roll, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, and all the victims and families impacted by this senseless act of violence.“