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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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61.

SaraBellum    

Geezuz... all this bickering over what people think they know. For all we know right now, the shooter was mad at the store manager, or was a stalker of a checkout clerk!

1327 days ago
62.

Martina    

katie10, I think you're incredibly smart and sensitive.
you are so right to point out that palin has no heart..she torments animals for the thrill of it, and now her little movement has spun out of control...of course she will say that they don't want anyone to kill these non tea party people...but, this is what their zealotry is causing. behind the scenes sarah is laughing and all smug about what happened.
she is little more than a fascist who knows what her actions provoke in people, and she is damn proud of it.

katie10, stay the way you are...you are great!

much love to you, friend.

1327 days ago
63.

There Goes My Show    

Ken - why are you afraid of the Tea Party? Were you raised to fear others or were you raised to engage others that may have different views from yours? My guess is that your just a scared wussy. Oh, I am not a Tea Party member in case you were wondering.

1327 days ago
64.

M    

There goes My Show--
Not blaming Palin, I'm just pointing out her words!

1327 days ago
65.

There Goes My Show    

What is wrong with hunting - a practice that has gone on since the birth of mankind. I bet if those opposed to hunting were to have all animal products removed from their world they would be shocked to find out that animal products are in every aspect and they could not survive without them.

1327 days ago
66.

juju    

It was bound to happen.
With Sharon Angle talking about "second amendment remedies" and Palin putting bullseye targets on a map of congressional seats and nonsense about "reloading", it doesn't surprise me at all. I bet it will turn out to be some crazed teapartier who has been whipped into a frenzy by Beck, Hannity and the rest of the paranoid liars at Fixed News.
My prayers are with her and her family.
It will happen again if this country doesn't renounce the likes of Beck and Palin. They need to accept some of reponsibility for this tragedy. They make money off of the fearful, unbalanced people with their violent rhetoric.

1327 days ago
67.

boogersarecool    

OH, PLEASE. you need to educate yourself and do some research on Hilter and his religious views, pagan, etc..it was and will always be the bases - link to global wars and terrorism, period!

Posted at 12:25 PM on Jan 8, 2011 by katie10

Maybe you need to get your facts straight, because I'm pretty sure it was the JAPANESE, not Hitler and the Germans, that caused the US to get involved in WWII. There were no religious implications, the Japanese just wanted to neutralize our Pacific fleet.......

1327 days ago
68.

chrischris    

she is going to be a vegetable since she was shot in the head.

do not waste our tax dollars to keep her alive.

her husband should pull the plug.

1327 days ago
69.

Rico Suavy    

It was George Bush's fault

1327 days ago
70.

Rico Suavy    

It was George Bush's fault

1327 days ago
71.

gd45    

OH, PLEASE. you need to educate yourself and do some research on Hilter and his religious views, pagan, etc..it was and will always be the bases - link to global wars and terrorism, period!

Posted at 12:25 PM on Jan 8, 2011 by katie10

Katie, I am quite well educated thank you. That's why when I explained the reason WW2 happened I used this thing called facts, that I learned about well in school.

You seem to be blaming everything on religion.... yes religion did play a part in the war as it's played a part in everything that's happened in the last 2000 years. But that doesn't mean that it can be a source of blame for anything. People choose to follow religion, if their interpration is different to other's and they do something stupid then you can't turn around and blame all of religion. Only uneducated people blame thing such as religion becuase it makes them feel smart and like they have an educated opinion when really they are just spitting out the same dis-proven garbage then running around with their fingers in their ears going "lalala i'm right your wrong" and not actually offering any facts.

So please actually show some proof for what your claiming not just acting like you know something when you are really a moron.

1327 days ago
72.

Bubbles The Chimp    

This is what happens when someone as crazy as Sarah Palin incites hate and places cross-hairs on people's pictures for her own deranged amusement.

1327 days ago
73.

Chuck    

Maybe you need to get your facts straight, because I'm pretty sure it was the JAPANESE, not Hitler and the Germans, that caused the US to get involved in WWII. There were no religious implications, the Japanese just wanted to neutralize our Pacific fleet.......
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Actually it was Germany and Japan, along with Italy that declared war on the US. Japan was just the only one of the three to attack the US.

1327 days ago
74.

CN    

Thanks for covering this so well on a weekend, TMZ. My local newspaper (large city) has NOTHING online yet. Way to cover the news, local paper.

Condolences to the family. This is NOT the way to bring change.

1327 days ago
75.

boogersarecool    

If my memory is correct, they declared war on us AFTER we declared war on Japan (or perhaps it was after Pearl Harbor right before we declared war, I'll have to look it up), because Japan was part of the Axis. My point was Japan was the country that dragged us into the war and it had nothing to do with religion. They were acting in their own interest and wanted to make sure we didn't get in the way of their Pacific campaign.

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