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CONGRESSWOMAN SHOT IN ARIZONA SIX OTHERS DEAD……..

UPDATE 21:53: Conflicting reports. Yahoo has the Congresswoman still fighting for her life in surgery.

UPDATE: CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS HAS BEEN MURDERED SHOT AND SIX OTHER PEOPLE PRONOUNCED DEAD!  NPR HAS IT:

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.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona

by NPR STAFF

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., poses with House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) poses with House Speaker John Boehner on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

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 nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

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.

More details to come.

UPDATE: AT LEAST FOUR DEAD!

(azcentral.com) – CNN is reporting that several people have been victims of a multiple fatal shooting in north Tucson and of them is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

At least four people are dead, University Medical Center spokesman Darci Slaten said. They were among five to seven people who were being treated.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it is investigating a multiple shooting at a Safeway in northwest Tucson at Ina and Oracle roads.

A man who works at Sprint store nearby told CNN he heard 15 to 20 shots, and there are two bodies on the ground in front of the Safeway. He said people were screaming that “Gabrielle Giffords has been shot.”

Giffords, a Democrat serves the 8th Congressional District.

7 Responses

  1. I am shocked at the growing political violence in our country. Violence does not solve political differences. I am extremely sad for Gabrielle Gifford’s untimely death, and for her family, as well as the other victims. Please, people, talk to each other-argue, petition, whatever you need to do to express your views–don’t kill each other! Lives are sacred, we are all people, and what we want is more similar than different. We need to respect each other and find a dialogue, so we can all get along and prosper.

  2. I’m shocked and horrified! I just read that 6 people are dead. Please keep the updates coming.
    Any news about who could have done this?

  3. Just saw on the news that his name is Jarod Laugher. Don’t know if that’s his real name. I saw on twitter that he has a you tube channel and videos showing that he was burning the American flag. Don’t know if any of this is true, but I’m just letting you know what is said. Also found on twitter:

    Suspect in AZ shooting listed favorite books as “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto”

  4. Was she not liberal enough for this leftist? Apparently not. Aren’t assassins supposed to target persons who can cause fundamental changes? Ms. Giffords’ death will change nothing in Congress or Arizona. Too bad the guy wasn’t shot and killed. Now we will spend a fortune defending the bastard in court and giving him room and board.

    1. He was a total, verifiable nutcase. That the Left is piling on Sarah Palin and the Right-wing for this tragedy, is throughly disgusting as it is predictable.

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