House leaders responded Saturday to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. who was shot at a local event in Tucson and is currently in critical condition.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio:

"I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif:

San Francisco - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after news that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot at an event in Tucson, AZ this morning:

"It is with the deepest sadness that we have received word of the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and her constituents. This terrible act of violence is a national tragedy, and today is a very sad day for our country.

"My prayers, and the prayers of all Members of Congress, go out to her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, their family, and to all of the staff and others who were victims of this horrible attack.

"Congresswoman Giffords is a brilliant and courageous Member of Congress, bringing to Washington the views of a new generation of national leaders. It is especially tragic that she was attacked as she was meeting with her constituents whom she serves with such dedication and distinction."