Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D),  who was severely wounded in a mass shooting two years ago, is planning a Friday visit to the Connecticut town shattered by the shooting deaths of 26 students and staff members last month at an elementary school.

Reuters, citing a spokesman for the Connecticut lieutenant governor's office, reported that Giffords plans to attend an event at a private home in Newtown. Other news media are reporting that the Giffords will meet with families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings. 

Giffords was shot in the head and six people died in January 2011 when a gunman opened fire while the congresswoman met with constituents at a shopping center near Tuscon. She retired from Congress last year to continue her recovery.

After the Newtown shootings, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then shot 20 first graders and six staff members at the school before killing himself, Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, declared that action on gun violence in the country "can no longer wait."

Sandy Hook students and faculty returned to classes Thursday in a renovated campus in nearby Monroe for the first time since the December 14 attack.