U.S. lawmakers react to death of Jo Cox, who was shot and killed on Thursday.
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Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords said she was “sickened” to hear of the fatal shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was gunned down in public on Thursday.
Police announced the 41-year-old MP died around an hour after the shooting took place. A 52-year-old man is in custody in connection with the shooting. He has been named locally as Tommy Mair.
Police are investigating the claim, made by three separate sources, that the suspect shouted “Britain first” during the attack.
In 2011, Giffords was shot in the head outside an Arizona grocery store. The gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, shot 19 people during the attack, killing six.
Loughner pleaded guilty to the shooting and was sentenced in 2012 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Other U.S. lawmakers joined Giffords also spoke out following the news of Cox's slaying.
“It's tragic. There are a lot of deranged people,” Sen. John McCain told BuzzFeed News.
“I just saw the breaking news. It's a horrible, horrible thing,” Sen. Lindsay Graham told BuzzFeed News.
Asked about reports of shooter saying “Britain first,” during the attack, Graham said, “I guess emotions are riding really high about this issue. I'm sure everyone in Britain will reject this kind of approach in their political discourse.” “My heart goes out to her family.”
In a statement, Britain First has said it was “not involved and would never encourage behavior of this sort.”