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Democrat Congresswoman Shot in Arizona! by American Elephant
January 8, 2011, 11:27 am
Filed under: News, Politics | Tags: ,

Update: KOLD News 13 reports that Giffords is still in surgery as of 11:36 AM, and that reports of her death are premature. Let’s hope they are right. (Reuters, NPR, Drudge, FOX and others were reporting she had died.) Headline altered.

Update: Details are still sketchy and sometimes contradictory, but several sources report the Congresswoman is expected to pull through. No idea if that means a full recovery or with mental impairment. Others are not so lucky; several people were killed including a child and a Federal Judge. Five others are reported in critical condition and five in stable condition.

The gunman has apparently been identified as 22 year old Jared Laughner, while another man has been arrested in connection to the shooting, and police are reportedly seeking another.

Original post:

Horror!

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others died after a gunman opened fire at a public event on Saturday, the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office confirms.

The 40-year-old Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

At least three other people, including members of her staff, were injured. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson.

Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up and fired indiscriminately from about four feet away, Michaels said.

The suspect ran off and was tackled by a bystander. He was taken into custody. Witnesses described him as in his late teens or early 20s.

Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona’s 8th District in 2006. The “Congress on Your Corner” events allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.

Giffords was married to astronaut Mark Kelly, a veteran of Desert Storm. They have two children. [NPR]

The facts are still coming in. Speculation is rampant. Motive is unknown at this point. God bless the victims and their loved ones.

(h/t HotAir)


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