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Arizona Congresswoman Shot By Gunman
January 8, 2011
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a public event in Tucson on Saturday. There are conflicting reports about whether she was killed.
The Pima County, Ariz., sheriff's office told member station KJZZ the 40-year-old Democrat was killed. At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were injured.
Giffords, who was re-elected to a 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.
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, which she holds regularly, allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.
Giffords is married to astronaut Mark Kelly, a veteran of Desert Storm. They have two children.
Arizona congresswoman among 12 shot at Tucson grocery
January 8, 2011 2:46 p.m. EST
CNN) -- At least 12 people were shot at a Tucson grocery store on Saturday, and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among them, a Democratic party source told CNN.
There were conflicting reports about Giffords' condition. Giffords' press secretary said the congresswoman remained in surgery Saturday afternoon for her injuries, disputing an earlier report from a law enforcement source saying she had died.
The party source described the situation as "pretty serious."
At least 11 others were shot in the incident, which happened shortly after 10 a.m. MST, Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jason Ogan said.
Giffords, 40, was holding a constituent meeting at the Safeway grocery store when the shooting occurred, according to a schedule posted on her website.
The Tucson Citizen newspaper reported that Giffords was shot in the head.
An FBI spokesman said the agency was sending agents to the scene, and two senior Obama administration officials said the White House is monitoring the situation. They said they believed that a congressional staffer may have been killed.
Pictures from the scene showed a Giffords banner hanging from the storefront.
At least two victims with gunshot wounds were transported at Northwest Medical Center, according to spokesman Richard Parker.
The conditions of the 11 others shot were not immediately known.
The motive for the shooting is unclear, Ogan said.
"We're just trying to sort this out right now," he said.
An employee of a nearby business, Jason Pekau, told CNN that he did not see the shooting, but heard "15 to 20 gunshots."
Giffords, a Democrat, was first elected in 2006. She has served as chairwoman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and also holds seats on the House Science and Technology and Armed Services committees.
She won her third term in a closely contested race against a Tea Party-sponsored candidate and was one of three Democratic legislators who reported vandalism at their offices following the March vote on health care reform.
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U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords wounded in mass shootingWeb producer: Sheryl Kornman
Reporter: Tammy Vo
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - KGUN9 is standing by for the latest on the condition of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims from Saturday's shooting. A news briefing is scheduled for 1:30pm at University Medical Center.
KGUN9's Jessica Chapin is on the scene at Ina and Oracle roads where three medical helicopters are landing to evacuate shooting victims to local hospitals.
A mass shooting took place Saturday morning at an event hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
At least 12 people were wounded and Giffords was one of them. The shooter is in custody, according a law enforcement spokesman.
Various conflicting reports are circulating in the local and national media about whether there were fatalities, and the seriousness of Giffords' condition. There is no official word at this time of any fatalities or of the Congresswoman's condition.
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