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Shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords announces plans to resign from Congress

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/House Television)

The victim of an assassination attempt that claimed the lives of six others, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced Sunday that she will resign from Congress.

In an emotional video posted on her website, Giffords states she still has to focus on her ongoing recovery.

Giffords was shot and severely wounded on Jan. 8, 2011 at a campaign stop in her home state of Arizona, where 13 others were also injured.

“Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover,” she says in the video. “I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.”

The alleged shooter, Jared Loughner has pleaded not guilty. He could face the death penalty if convicted.