9-Year-Old Shot While Holding Hands with Neighbor

January 11, 2011 - 2:26 PM

Make-shift memorial

A parent and a student leave a note at a make-shift memorial at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Christina Green, 9, a student at Mesa Verde Elementary School, was shot and killed during a speech given by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., at a local supermarket Saturday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Tucson, Ariz. (AP) - The husband of a woman injured in a deadly Arizona shooting says his wife was holding hands with 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, waiting to shake a congresswoman's hand when shots were fired.

Green was struck and killed. Susan Hileman was shot three times.

Bill Hileman said Tuesday his wife had taken Christina to the event because of the girl's interest in politics. The third-grader was born on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Her funeral is Thursday.

Bill Hileman said his wife is expected to recover.