U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has returned to her hometown of Tucson for a private visit with her family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Giffords' staff says the congresswoman arrived in Tucson on Tuesday evening from Houston. She plans to spend Thanksgiving with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, her parents and other family members and friends.
Giffords was among 19 people shot Jan. 8 as she met with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket. Six people died, and Giffords is still recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.
The congresswoman had been undergoing intensive rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston since late January. She was discharged in June to begin outpatient treatment.
Giffords also returned to Tucson for the Father's Day and Labor Day weekends.