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Congresswoman Shot in Arizona

1/8/2011 5:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a grocery store in Tucson, AZ this morning -- and she has been rushed into surgery for a gunshot wound to the head. 

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After several outlets reported she had died, a hospital spokesperson told MSNBC Giffords was alive and in surgery.

The 40-year-old Democrat was hosting an event at a Safeway when the gunman reportedly began shooting.

According to several reports, the alleged gunman was taken into custody. According to NPR, witnesses described the alleged shooter as being in his late teens or early 20s.

Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona's 8th District in 2006.

Story developing ...

UPDATE 6:45 PM PT -- According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, a total of six people died and 12 were wounded as a result of the shooting.

UPDATE 3:02 PM PT -- Sources tell the AP the suspect in the shooting is saying he acted alone.

UPDATE 1:12 PM PT -- According to the doctor, a 9-year-old died in connection with the shooting. It has also been reported that U.S. District Judge John Roll has died as well.



UPDATE 1:02 PM PT
-- A surgeon at the hospital says Giffords is out of surgery and her prospects are "optimistic." She was shot one time in the head, through and through. He added, "We cannot tell what kind of recovery, but I'm about as optimistic as it can get in this situation."

UPDATE 12:55 PM PT -- The suspect has been identified as Jared Lee Loughner.

UPDATE 12:50 PM PT -- Richard J. Kastigar, the bureau chief for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, is saying 18 people were injured. The weapon in question was a pistol with an extended magazine.

UPDATE 12:45 PM PT -- Deputy City Manager Richard Miranda tells KVOA in Arizona that Rep. Giffords is currently in surgery, and doctors say she is expected to pull through.

UPDATE 12:15 PM PT -- A statement from President Obama reads in part, "We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers."

UPDATE 12:01 PM PT -- A public information officer at University Medical Center tells CNN that Giffords and nine others are in surgery, saying that Giffords "is currently in surgery for a gunshot wound to the head
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16.

There Goes My Show    

TMZ has the most low class, disgusting excuses for humans that post on this site - It makes me glad that I don't have these kind of people in my life - RICO and MARTINA need to grow up, get a life and become a productive member of society or they should just off themselves and do the rest of us a favor - I hope you disgusing people don't breed your damaged genes upon some innocent child.

1386 days ago
17.

Sassy    

Really, Fred? Really?

1386 days ago
18.

TXluvsMJ2    

According to Yahoo, she's dead.

1386 days ago
19.

Zoe    

This is what happens when people allow hate to consume them. All this partisan bickering is fueling extremism and replicating hate faster than it can be controlled. Sad it has to take acts like this to make people realize what they are contributing to. Let's all grow up.

1386 days ago
20.

Zoe    

This is where your partisan bickering has led us. Congratulations, America :(

1386 days ago
21.

kevin    

she was on palin's target map - http://twitpic.com/3o7bno

1386 days ago
22.

Jen    

Typical redneck AZ day.

1386 days ago
23.

Truth    

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SHOOTER? SOUNDS LIKE A DRIVE BY... NO ONE CAUGHT THE SHOOTER??

1386 days ago
24.

bitch please    

This is what happens when ******ging nutbags get guns.

You betcha!

1386 days ago
25.

There Goes My Show    

Katie10 - you are making judgements based on your own bias and skewed view of reality - why not wait and get the fact instead of create some reality of the truth to support your twisted view of the world. You have severe mental damage - seek professional help immediately to save yourself.

1386 days ago
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alexanderg0916    

Tucson Reports say that she is alive and is currently in surgery. I would know, because I am live in Tucson. According to KOLD news.

1386 days ago
27.

devon    

another democrat bites the dust

1386 days ago
28.

carlitos    

r.i.p.

1386 days ago
29.

Michelle    

This is a plea to all those who know someone who is mentally unstable. Please PLEASE PLEASE.....get them help immediately. PLEASE PLEASE inform the authorities that they are unbalanced. It is up to the sane to help them as well as protect others from the insane. PLEASE help stop a future tragedy from happening. IT IS IN OUR HANDS!!!!!!

1386 days ago
30.

There Goes My Show    

Hey TURTH - why don't you turn on a TV and get your fact before you post comments - Shooter was subdued by by-standers at time of shooting and is in custody - has been WIDELY reported.

1386 days ago
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