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PHOENIX -- It's been three years since Jared Loughner opened fire at a Tucson shopping center.

Six people died in the incident and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, but survived. Twelve others were also wounded.

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said he has been working to make sure his city can handle an incident like the Tucson shooting and the city is ready.

"I think we are," he said. "I've had great conversations with Chief of Police Tom Riff, the city manager and members of the council about public safety in general. This council, as well as the leadership of the city of Tempe, value public safety and I think our residents understand that."

Mitchell believes Tempe residents would pull together and help each other in a time of crisis.

The shooting of Gabby Giffords hit close to home for Mitchell.

"I know Gabby personally," he said. "I've worked with her, and my father (former Tempe Mayor and current Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell) worked with her in Congress. My thoughts and prayers are with the family members that did lose someone that day. We just hope that this doesn't happen again in the future."

Bob McClay, Reporter

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