Barber holds ‘Congress on Your Corner’ event near site of Giffords shooting

Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who was elected to fill former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) sear earlier this month, on Satureday held his first “Congress on Your Corner.”

Giffords was shot at a similar event in January 2011 in which six people were killed.

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Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), the congressman who replaced Giffords', had roughly 200 citizens in attendance, the Associated Press reported. The event was held near a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, with temperatures hitting higher than 100 degrees.

The attendees included survivors of the January shooting and others who were concerned about government on the national level, the paper reported.

Giffords was shot in the head in January 2011 at a similar event just a few blocks away from Barber's chosen location. Barber was also wounded in the shooting.

She finished her event a year later in January 2012, shortly before resigning her seat.

Barber won his special election last month for the seat he will occupy through the November elections. He was sworn in on Tuesday.

Alicia Cohn contributed to this report.