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Very sad, breaking news just going out on Fox News –
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.
Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting her first “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.
At least five 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 man ran up firing indiscriminately, and then ran off, Michaels said. According to other witnesses, the was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody.
At this time more information is not readily available. The Huffington Post is reporting the following –
Jason Pekau, a Sprint employee who works near the Safeway where the shooting occurred, tells CNN: “I see two bodies laying on the sidewalk in front of the Safeway.”
Rep. Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, was first elected to the House in 2006. She represents the state’s 8th Congressional District.
According to MSNBC, the shooter ran into a “crowded area” and began “firing indiscriminately.”
Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said. According to other witnesses, he was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody.
According to Tucson Citizen, Rep. Giffords was shot “point blank in the head.”
According to KOLD, a Tucson CBS affiliate, the shooting occurred just after 10:00 AM local time at a Safeway grocery store. KOLD has not confirmed that Rep. Giffords was shot.
NPR reports that Giffords was shot at a public event at a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz. Peter Michaels of of Arizona Public Media tells NPR that at least five others, including staff, were hurt as well.
As an editorial note, this tragedy is shocking and appalling. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families of the victims.
Update by Matt: 3:00 PM ET
Fox News is reporting that the Congresswoman is still alive, in surgery, and in critical condition. More as it becomes available. As always, our hopes and prayers are with her, as well as all the others injured.
Update: 3:46 PM ET
Fox is reporting that Federal Judge, John Roll was killed in today’s shooting. He was nominated by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
Update: 4:00 PM ET
Fox is reporting that the suspect is a 22 year old white male. No other information is available on the suspect at the moment. Fox is saying that AP has a source regarding the gunman. IT IS UNCONFIRMED, that the gunman’s name is Jared Laughner.
Update: 5:55 PM ET
Media Matters or Think Progress may still try to spin this, but, as usual, their efforts to score political points due to tragedy will fail.
More as I find it.
Update: 6:25 PM ET
Beyond the general incoherence, the evidence of mental illness in the video text includes psychological projection: While Loughner commits numerous errors of vocabulary and syntax (e.g., “conscience dreaming” instead of “conscious dreaming”) he nonetheless denounces the “majority of people” who “are illiterate.” This suggests grandiosity and scapegoating, both symptomatic of paranoia.
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it turns out that Loughner had previously been treated for mental illness.
I’m hunting more on the condition of the victims.
Update: 6:30 PM ET
Per the 5:55 update, The Kossack in chief isn’t allowing reality, or something we’d like to call class, interfere with his Palin Derangement Syndrome.