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Jan 10, 2011 4:22 PM

Safeway at Ina and Oracle still closed as other stores in plaza reopen

TUCSON - The Safeway where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot Saturday morning is still closed. FBI investigators are spending the day Monday searching the scene for additional evidence.

Meanwhile, the other stores in the plaza opened one by one, as employees went back to work for the first time since Saturday's incident.

"Coming back to work today I had a little bit of fear, you always go through thoughts in your head that this happened here, what if it happens again," Sarah Horton, Manager at Casas Adobes Flowers said.

Casas Adobes Flowers is right next door to Safeway and Horton went over to run an errand just after shots rang out Saturday morning.

"I saw a few drops of blood on the ground and there were two people that had, one lady had blood all over her arm, another guy had blood on his hand. I didn't know what was going on," Horton said.

The images are still on Horton's mind, but she says when Safeway reopens, she will be back.

"Move forward and not let fear take hold of my heart," Horton said.

It is a mood felt across La Toscana Village, despite the FBI investigators combing the parking lot and yellow tape strung between light poles.

"I just know that I have to what I have to do and go on. I just can't stop my life because life goes on," Sparkle Cleaners manager Mellanie Fowler said.

Fowler heard and saw Saturday's mayhem through her window.

"I just watched a lady fall dead on the ground and then people around screaming and running out of Safeway," Fowler said.

But as Fowler and other store managers prepare for Monday's customers, they are hoping it will be business as usual.

Beyond Bread opened at 10 am.

"We're happy to be open again. We're happy to get into a routine and just get a little bit of normal back into our lives. It's affected the entire company with it being this close to the shooting," Beyond Bread manager Jeff Truitt said.

Safeway is making grief counselors available for employees who need support. The store will remain closed until the FBI says it can reopen.


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