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
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)

(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.

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Jan 8, 2011 10:49 PM CST
All I can say is wow. I have read the comments here and I am appalled by the need to blame and the clear lack of anything approaching empathy. It occurs to me, do you think the dead 9 year old was a Repub or Dem? What do you think her views on politics were? Very few, VERY FEW, people have even mentioned this little girl or the other 5 people who died. Oh wait some mentoied the judge who died, not in sympathy mind you but so that they could point out he was Republican. Really? Does is freiakin matter if he had an R or D next to his name? The man is dead, his family is shattered. What is wrong with you people? Don't you see what you are doing to yourselves, to your country? Do you not see what all this anger, bitterness. vengeance and win at all costs mentality are doing? I love the States but, to be honest, watching you all self destruct on your own hate and vile rhetoric is wrenching. This is terrible, don't you realize that? No matter what political party this murderer came from PEOPLE ARE DEAD, tell me, how does either party win with a story like this??? WAKE UP, your destroying each other and yourselves.
Jan 8, 2011 10:09 PM CST
Uh oh. The media has run out of new news and now they are dusting off the "experts" to fill air time. Right now, CNN is talking to a guy, Ron Transcell, who sounds like quite the idiot. An author trying to sell his books. Like duh he is going to contribute anything useful. It's just noise. The whole 24/7 news coverage model sucks so bad. Time to turn off the TV and go to bed. Sleep well, Gabrielle Giffords, and the kindest of thoughts to the other survivors of this tragedy and their kinfolk too.
Jan 8, 2011 9:28 PM CST
hmm no comments about a woman being shot in the brain and surviving. does not that send a message about this woman??