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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
263 COMMENTS

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31.

alexanderg0916    

Yes it is confirmed that Gabrielle Giffords is not dead. UMC and KOLD news confirms that she is currently in surgery on Ina and Oracle.

1292 days ago
32.

Sam Peters    

Go back to Lindsay Lohan's Venice gutter and steer clear of the real news, s***bags.

1292 days ago
33.

carlitos    

Fred Farkel,your so ignorant

and the news is live saying she might be still alive and going through surgery

1292 days ago
34.

There Goes My Show    

Katie10 - you are a lost cause - you have been brainwashed by liberal and socialist teachers and there is no hope for you - enjoy your life on the fringe of society and make sure you keep your HAND-OUT.

1292 days ago
35.

dw    

this was the only beam of hope that arizona had, she stood up for what was wrong and tried her hardest to shoot down what was wrong. she will really be missed by those people whos lives she touched. thank god the gun man was caught.

1292 days ago
36.

There Goes My Show    

Katie10 - you are so ignorant that you are doing exactly what you are whining others are doing - hypocrite.

1292 days ago
37.

boogersarecool    

Listen up people. EVERY group in the US, be they religious, athiest, Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal has their fringe. Extremist nutjobs are not exclusive to one group. To blame an entire group for the disgusting actions of one is irresponsible, ignorant, and misguided. This tragedy has only one person to blame- the shooter. No one made him pull the trigger. He did that all by his lonesome. Anger should be solely reserved for the perpetrator of this heinous act. Instead of pointing fingers, we should be pulling together to support those killed and injured in this attack.

1292 days ago
38.

CJ    

I bet it was a left wing extremist that has ties to Obama and the terrorist Bill Ayers of Chicago.

1292 days ago
39.

LAWRENCE    

The whole incident is just pathetic. I'm sure some fools are happy today. If you even have a smile on your face regarding this please kill yourself as your worthless.

1292 days ago
40.

Truth    

WHAT'S THE POINT OF HAVING SURGERY.. MIGHT AS WELL GIVE HER THE NEEDLE ALREADY. SHE'S GONNA LIVE HER LIFE BRAIN DAMAGED AT BEST IF SHE SURVIVES. THE FEMALE JAMES BRADY WITHOUT THE ACCOLADES. SHAME.

1292 days ago
41.

There Goes My Show    

I am neither right wing nor religious nut nor a memeber of the Tea Party - nothing I have said would give that impression. If you post here, then be accepting of challenges or comments on your posty. Ignorance needs to be called out whenever it is spotted - AND YOU HAVE BEEN SPOTTED. You can't make me just go away because you don't like my challenges to you because you don't have that kind of power of me or anyone other than maybe your little girlfriends.

1292 days ago
42.

GaMom2    

She has died....she was shot a close range by the shooter. Hospital says there are multiple fatalities...as the shooter shot into the crowd hitting several people. Said to be in custody...was tackled by people there at event.

1292 days ago
43.

MzDestruction    

yeah they are now reporting from a fox reporter that she is alive and being attended to at the hospital but still are not clear there are conflicting reports. all we can do is wait and here from the police when they issue there statement.

1292 days ago
44.

boogersarecool    

Katie10- you're right. Christians are TERRIBLE! What, with their not-for-profit hospitals, charities, soup kitchens and the like! There are less than 1% of them that are extremists, so that HAS to mean they're ALL crazy whackjobs! Yay generalization!! Hooray ignorance!

1292 days ago
45.

Randy    

sarah palin is to blame and should be indicited for inciting violence. Eye for and eye people, eye for an eye... Rid the USA NOW of the s*** that are republicans.

1292 days ago
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