Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot in Arizona

Several others also shot; hospital says congresswoman in surgery

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2011 1:10 PM CST | Updated Jan 8, 2011 2:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at close range today while hosting a public event outside a Tucson supermarket, reports NPR. Several other people also were shot, and the AP says at least one aide was killed. A hospital spokeswoman says Giffords is in surgery after conflicting media reports on whether she survived. Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat, was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event and talking to constituents when shot. The gunman, reportedly a male in his early 20s, is in custody.

Giffords, who has been in Congress since 2006 and is Arizona's first Jewish representative, is married to astronaut Mark Kelly. (Click for that story.) In March of last year, her Tucson office was vandalized the same day the House voted on health care reform, notes the New York Times. It also reports that at a similar public event she hosted in 2009, police removed a protester whose gun fell on the supermarket floor. She was one of 20 House Democrats targeted with gun sights on Sarah Palin's election map. More updates here.

In this July 28, 2010 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill.
In this July 28, 2010 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Drew Angerer. File)
An undated file photo provided by her office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
An undated file photo provided by her office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.   (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, File)
Emergency workers gather at the scene.
Emergency workers gather at the scene.   (AP Photo/Chris Morrison)
In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner reenacts the swearing in of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.
In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner reenacts the swearing in of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Emergency personnel gather at the scene of the shooting.
Emergency personnel gather at the scene of the shooting.   (AP Photo/Chris Morrison)
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