Congresswoman Shot in Tucson

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    Several Shot at Tuscon Grocery

    Several people were shot Saturday at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department said.

    The shooting occurred at a Safeway shortly after 10 a.m. MST, according to sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ogan.

    A couple of victims with gunshot wounds have arrived at Northwest Medical Center, according to spokesman Richard Parker.

    "They've been coming in the last 10 minutes. I'm not sure of the severity of their injuries," he said.

    Ogan said the motive for the shooting is unclear.

    "We're just trying to sort this out right now," he said.

    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona

    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

    The 40-year-old Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

    At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

    Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up and fired indiscriminately from about four feet away, Michaels said.

    The suspect ran off and was tackled by a bystander. He was taken into custody. Witnesses described him as in his late teens or early 20s.

    Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona's 8th District in 2006. The "Congress on Your Corner" events allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.

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    Update: Witnesses on CNN are reporting that there were 15-20 shots fired, that there are at least two bodies on the street, and that Rep. Giffords was "shot point-blank range" in the head.

    The shooter is in police custody. He was wrestled to the ground, according to MSNBC.

  • darthfader

    Im not sure how to reconcile this. One part of me thinks that this is just a random act of violence - the other thinks it's politically motivated. If it was politically motivated - it shows just how unstable people react partisan rhetoric. Sad day for he family and friends.

  • mrsjones5

    Yeah, just saw the special report on tv.

  • sooner7nc

    Very sad indeed. They're reporting now that she has died. Maybe up to 7 have died.

  • Justitia Themis
    Justitia Themis

    She was on Sarah Palin's Facebook "target list" and she put "crosshairs" on her.

    Her name has since been removed from the map; however, her name is still listed in the text of the story.

    Here are the ones Palin put crosshairs on: "Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), Harry E. Mitchell (AZ-5), Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8), John Salazar (CO-3), Betsy Markey (CO-4). Allen Boyd (FL-2), Suzanne M. Kosmas (FL-24), Baron P. Hill (IN-9), Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL), Charlie Wilson (OH-6), John Boccieri (OH-16), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3), Christopher Carney (PA-10), John M. Spratt, Jr. (SC-5), Tom Perriello (VA-5), Alan B. Mollohan (WV-1), and Nick J. Rahall II (WV-3). "

  • mrsjones5

    She was on Sarah Palin's Facebook "target list" and she put "crosshairs" on her.

    Oh good lord!

  • darthfader

    Smelling more and more like radical political fallout -- I sincerely hope that the "extremeists" (in any side of the political arena) dont make this a practice.

  • lisaBObeesa

    From Huffington:

    While there is no hard evidence at this point to suggest that the shooting was politically motivated, Matt Yglesias points out that an anti-Giffords event was held in June with the billing: "Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly."
    Rep. Giffords was also on Sarah Palin's "target list."
    As noted earlier, a gun was dropped at a Giffords event in 2009, and her office was vandalized in March.

    The New York Post:

    Her father Spencer Giffords, 75, wept when asked if his 40-year-old daughter had any enemies.
    "Yeah," he told The Post. "The whole tea party."

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