WAUSAU (WAOW)--News of the horrific shooting that took place Saturday in Tucson shocked the nation. Here at home, some people spent the morning talking about the tragedy and trying to come to terms with why it happened.
At a cafe in downtown Wausau, members of the community sat reading the newspaper and discussing current events.
Jerry Buer said he was saddened by the tragedy, but not shocked. "Many, many years ago when I was younger I did work for a Congressman in a neighboring state...given the assassinations we had in the 60s that was something we talked about."
Buer read up on the shooting in the newspaper and online after it happened Saturday afternoon.
"It's a very sad thing for anyone and I'm sure it's very sobering for people in the House and in the Senate," he said.
In a statement released late Saturday afternoon, 7th Congressional District Representative Sean Duffy addressed the attack saying, "I was shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and other bystanders in Arizona. This kind of senseless and brutish violence has no place in our society."
It remains to be seen what motivated the alleged gunman to commit such a brutal crime.