TUCSON, Ariz. (CBS/AP) The husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says he would be willing to meet with the parents of 22-year-old Jared Loughner, the alleged gunman who critically injured the Ariz. congresswoman and killed people during a rampage outside a Tucson supermarket.
Mark Kelly opened up in an interview with ABC Tuesday regarding his wife's recovery and the gunman responsible for the injury that nearly claimed her life.
"I don't think it's their fault. It's not the parents' fault," Kelly told ABC. "You know, I'd like to think I'm a person that's, you know, somewhat forgiving. And, I mean, they've got to be hurting in this situation as much as anybody."
Kelly, an astronaut, has been at his wife's bedside since the incident. He claims that despite having been shot in the head, Gifford's condition is improving and that her spirit and personal strength remain strong.
Randy and Amy Loughner issued a statement to reporters two days after the Jan. 8 shooting voicing their concern for the victims and their families, and saying they experienced shock and disbelief as a result of their son's actions.
"We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened. We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss."
Loughner, a man described by investigators as "mentally unstable," remains in federal custody in Phoenix.