Arizona Congresswoman Reportedly Shot at Public Event: UPDATED


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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 –

1:46 PM ET ‘Two Bodies’

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.”

1:45 PM ET 15-20 Gunshots?

A witness tells CNN that he heard 15-20 gunshots.

1:42 PM ET More On Giffords

Rep. Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, was first elected to the House in 2006. She represents the state’s 8th Congressional District.

1:40 PM ET ‘Firing Indiscriminately’

According to MSNBC, the shooter ran into a “crowded area” and began “firing indiscriminately.”

1:37 PM ET Shooter Reportedly In Custody

More from NPR:

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.

1:28 PM ET Congresswoman Reportedly Shot In Head

According to Tucson Citizen, Rep. Giffords was shot “point blank in the head.”

1:25 PM ET Safeway Shooting

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.

1:19 PM ET At Least Five Others Hurt

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.

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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

Ben Smith at the Politico, via InstaPundit, has a video from the shooter.  It speaks much to his mental state.

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

The Other McCain has more about the shooter’s mental state.

Warner Todd Huston has transcribed the demented gibberish in the online videos posted by Jared Lee Loughner.

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.

  • That’s tragic. I hope it’s just a crackpot and not retaliation for her politics. We can’t go there no matter how skewed their ideology may be or we’ll have no America left to fight for.

    • As the updates indicate, this man was very ill. However, the left is still trying to spin it, which is disgraceful.

  • This is so tragic. My prayers go out to Rep. Giffords, the other victims, and their families.

    The shooter was obviously troubled and psychotic.

    • It was obvious. That video is apparently the tip of the iceberg.

  • MK

    I read a news article just now that the fellow hates religion and is a crackpot. The implication in the news article was that Palin called for the shooting. However he sounds more like a crackpot leftist angry that the democrats didn’t shove America far enough down the toilet.

    • True, but how often does the left allow the truth to interfere?

  • Don

    Fox News is saying that the police are claiming Loughner has an accomplice, a 50 year old man. Seems there is either surveillance video or still shots to back this up.

    BTW, thank you Matt for the updates. I had a busy day with the family today and was out all day after my initial posting.

    • Don, thank YOU. I was playing Mr. Mom today, and would not have even heard about it without your post. So, GO TEAM!

      • Don

        No worries, when I saw it on Fox News I figured a quick post wouldn’t hurt.

        BTW, just an observation. Fox News kills in the ratings, we all know that. And the next time one of Obama’s Marxist buddies says Fox isn’t a “real news organization” the following should be pointed out:

        When Fox was running with this story, CNN, MSNBC and HLN were all doing fluff pieces. Not one word about this breaking story at that time. Needless to say the networks at that time of day weren’t even running news.

        • I didn’t bother to look at the other cable networks, but I do know that not a single broadcast network covered this for the better part of the afternoon.

  • “He was a political radical” “He was left wing” “As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal” Loughner’s leftwing high school friend Caitie Parker (“I went to high school, college, & was in a band with him”)

    • At first, I had no concern about the anyone’s politics. However, the left had to drag us all into it.

  • I’m very concerned about the direction this will take us,

    • I am afraid that they’re going to try to use it as a reichstag fire.