January 8, 2011
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.
Fox News reported that she was shot at point blank range in the head by a gunman who was firing indiscriminately.
According to Wikipedia:
She is the only member of the U.S. Congress whose spouse, astronaut Mark E. Kelly, is an active duty member of the U.S. military.
Giffords is known as a strong proponent of solar energy as well as for her work to secure the border with Mexico
This is the third time she has met at this type of community event in Tucson. She is 40 years old. 11 others, including local staff members, were also shot. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Giffords.
Fox News is reporting that there are multiple fatalities and that the congressman has died. They are trying to get official confirmation.
The above information was incorrect. Gabrielle Giffords is out of surgery. She is alive, in critical condition, but the doctor who just spoke said he was optomistic about her recovery.