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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. 

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.

-- 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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Sheeple Herder    

How very sad and depraved. I wish Congresswoman Giffords and of all these injured people good luck and feel for all the victims' friends and family. This is certainly going to change the political landscape dealing with the grassroot interactions between politicians and their constituents and that serves no one. What a messed up world we are living in.

1350 days ago


Immediately people ASSUME it was someone in the Tea Party. There were 12 people shot and this has happened throughout history. Chill out. If the news can't even tell us if she's alive or dead then they have no idea why anyone was shot. A judge was also shot and we don't even know who the others are. More is made of this than the nut job that killed a dozen soldiers screaming Alla Akbar a couple of years ago.

1350 days ago


I truly believe that the morals of some people in thic country has depleted. I feel that we live in a country that is in transition from peace and Love to hate and aggression. It seems like there are so many more reports of violence and just pure tradegy anymore. I am beginning to understand that being home is the best and safest place to be. God please bless this country! at a time where some are trying to remove your name, I ask of you to please protect us from those who harm others.

1350 days ago


Hello America we are under attack from Mexico!!How long till there are daily bodies found beheaded,car bombs..10 miles away from this shooting this happens everyday.maybe now that it happened to some white congresswoman something will be done to stop the onslaught brought on by Mexican drug and human smuggling cartels

1350 days ago


Honestly Rep Giffords was a moderate, I just do not see why anyone associated with the tea party would want her dead.

She was going to be one of the Democrats who would work with a Republican house on border security, she was a defender of traditional marriage, her husband is a active duty member of the military, she was pro-gun, so WHY would someone on the conservative side see her as the enemy when she sided with us on so many issues?

It could just as easily be a rabid progressive who wanted her gone.

But in all likelihood, it's just another random crazy person.

1350 days ago


A through and through head wound...I hate to say it and think it, but I am betting she will be SEVERELY mentally challenged after this whole thing.

And Palin and the other nutjob tea baggers are absolutely to blame!!

1350 days ago


And why is TMZ reporting this?? She is't some skanky celebrity whore or a dead black plastic surgery disaster... I don't get it?

1350 days ago


The spelling is Jaren Loughner. He seemed to have some severe mental issues. Thought he was a "mind controller" of some sort.

1350 days ago


Well, a 9 yro little kid and a Republican judge, dead.

Way to go gun lobbyists!!!

1350 days ago

Mike Larry    

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Talks Palin Cross Hairs

1350 days ago


Meant to type Jared Loughner.

1350 days ago


Photos of shooter and his gun captured from his Myspace:

1350 days ago


THe shooter's name is Jared Loughner, and it appears that he was probably a Democrat (A Larouche Democrat). While he didn't list a party, his favorite book list includes A Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf.

But if blaming Palin gives you some sense of comfort, then go right ahead.

1350 days ago

Green AnTiCs    

g18 extended \DANG

1350 days ago


Jared Loughner claimed to be atheist, favorite books: Mein Kampf, Animal Farm, Brave New World, the Communist Manifesto...

Very disturbed individual.

1350 days ago
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