INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The staff of Democratic U.S. Rep. Andre Carson of Indianapolis increased security Saturday following the shooting of a colleague in Arizona.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a Tucson grocery store where she was meeting with constituents. U.S. District Judge John Roll was among those killed in the attack, and several others were injured.
Protesters last march shouted racists slurs at Carson and a second black congressman, Democrat John Lewis of Georgia, near the Capitol in Washington as Congress debated the health care overhaul.
Carson has no immediate plans to change any public appearances, but Ohlemiller declined to say whether the congressman was in Indianapolis or Washington, D.C.
"I don't want to say where he is at this point," Ohlemiller said.
Other Indiana congressmen and senators contacted Saturday did not comment directly on whether they were increasing security in light of the Tucson shootings.
"At this time we're all focused on Congresswoman Giffords and the others who were shot," said Elizabeth Shappell, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, a northern Indiana Democrat.
Donnelly and others, including U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, an eastern Indiana Republican, issued statements expressing their shock and calling for prayers for the shooting victims and their families.
"Our hearts go out to Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, the injured and the families of those who lost their lives," Pence said