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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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91.

Julia    

The child was 9 MONTHS not 9 YEARS and Federal Judge John Roll is also amongst the dead.

1301 days ago
92.

Michael    

Ok...for those who say he was a democrate based on him being an aryan and liking ultra conservative, right wing leaders and their ideologies, you people are f*cking nuts!!

How do you come up with those ties?

She had a target on her head from a super conservative who cares more about her own fame and money than about anyone else! Including the state of this country!

1301 days ago
93.

Tellthetruth59    

Are people still blaming Sarah Palin for this mentally ill misfit that admired Hitler and thought he could control minds? Whatever... if we are recklessly placing blame, I blame Captain Kangaroo.

1301 days ago
94.

eileen     

Bet the Gunman was a Crazy Tea-Bagger.
Killed a 9 yr old too - I guess thats collateral damage

What's this country coming too?!?

Can't we agree to disagree? Must violence be used?

1301 days ago
95.

stumpy    

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I BET THE SHOOTER WAS A GLEN BECK VIEWER.

Posted at 11:19 AM on Jan 8, 2011 by rico
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I bet your an idiot

1301 days ago
96.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Well, at least Palin can't blame an illegal alien. It was a guy named Jared Loughner.

1301 days ago
97.

Sad sad    

Think you have the shooters name misspelled Jared Loughner. Think his youtube account name is Classitup10. Very horrible. Child killers do really well in prison.

1301 days ago
98.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Yes. Whichever it is. Laughner/Loughner, he isn't an illegal alien. One news organisation had it with an O but they can be idiots.

1301 days ago
99.

Phreaky    

Palin is officially a danger to society.
http://gawker.com/5728545/shot-congresswoman-was-in-sarah-palins-crosshairs

1301 days ago
100.

Ed    

So do tell, when will TMZ post the 14 911 calls or post the video footage of all these people getting shot and killed? I sure would not put it past you media whores!!

1301 days ago
101.

sdfih8h2    

OMG, it's so fun to say Tea Bagger instead of Tea Party. Most of them don't know what *********** really is, but we do because we do it all the time, awesome! :) Super smilely FTW!

1301 days ago
102.

Jeff    

This incident clearly shows why we need more armed US citizens on the street. Liberals truly believe that allowing citizens to carry/concealed weapons on them is dangerous for society and should not be allowed. Calling 911 would have not helped these poor people while they were being gunned down by a person determined to kill people. If he was shot down by an armed bystander, the carnage could have been stopped or greatly reduced. Obama and his band of anti Americans (Holder, Naps, to name a few) will now go after Arizona and it's gun laws. Arizona citizens, please continue to pursue your gun rights in the face of the upcoming liberal sh*t storm from Washington.

1301 days ago
103.

Mary Ann    

America is going to hell...fast.
There isn't a country in the world that looks up to us any more, we are so full of hate.

1301 days ago
104.

Just sayn    

OMG no wonder Palins kid bought a house in Az....laying the ground work for her mother....is every thing a stepping stone for this fake human Palin....damn it.

1301 days ago
105.

Just sayn    

Palin....no doubt had a hand in this one.
Wake up America that woman has no soul.

1301 days ago
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