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Giffords' Husband Says She Feared She'd Be Shot

Mike Kelly, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband. From ABC News' 20/20 Special Report, Jan. 18, 2011.
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Updated at 11:10 p.m. ET

Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, tells ABC News Tuesday that Giffords had a prescient feeling about the Tucson shooting in which she was injured, telling him, "Someday I'm really worried that somebody's going to come up to me at one of these events with a gun."

When asked if he thought that the political climate was partly responsible for the attack, Kelly said, "[The climate] didn't cause Jared Loughner to, you know, to plan this attack." He added, "I think you have somebody that's really, really disturbed, possibly schizophrenic."

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Later in the interview, Kelly says he made the mistake of turning on the news to watch a breaking report about the shooting and heard the mistaken report that his wife had been killed.

"And I just, you know, walked into the bathroom, and you know, broke down," he says. Kelly said turning on the TV was a terrible mistake but that learning his wife was alive was exciting news.

Giffords was shot in the head Jan. 8, 2011, outside a grocery store in Tucson where she was holding an event to meet constituents. Six people were killed and 14, including Giffords, were injured. Jared Loughner was arrested and charged in the crime.

Kelly said the doctors say Giffords could make a 100 percent recovery. He admitted in the interview that sometimes he thinks her recovery won't be 100 percent. But, he said, he knows she recognizes him. When asked if Giffords recognizes him, he replied, "I'm pretty sure she does. And certainly today."

He went on to describe the way Giffords played with his wedding ring Tuesday and said that she's done that before the accident.

"She does that all the time. She'll do that if we're sitting at dinner in a restaurant," he said.

Kelly said that Giffords has smiled at him. Following the interview, he described his plans. "I'm going to walk out of this room, and I'm going to go back to [her] side."