Breaking: Congresswoman Gabrielle GIffords Shot In Arizona – UPDATE
From The Washington Post:
The surgeon who operated on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said he is “optimistic” about her recovery. Pima County sheriff says six people were killed in the Tucson shooting that wounded Giffords.
Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson this morning.
According to NPR:
The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the 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 firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said.
The suspect was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody. He was not injured.
Giffords, 40, is just beginning her third term. She was first elected to represent Arizona’s 8th district in 2006, and is known to have worked on immigration issues.
I am sure everyone is wishing her the very best. Let’s hope this is not the beginning of more crazy political violence in this country.
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