Surgeon 'Optimistic' Gabrielle Giffords Will Live

Federal judge, 9-year-old boy among those killed
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2011 4:37 PM CST
In this Nov. 2, 2006 file photo, Democratic candidate for the Arizona 8th Congressional District Gabrielle Giffords waves to the crowd during a rally at Reid Park in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/John Miller, File)
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(Newser) – Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is out of surgery after being shot while hosting a public event today, and a Tucson surgeon said he was "very optimistic" she would survive but that it was too early to know more. The surgeon said Giffords had been shot in the head "through and through." At least five people have been confirmed dead, including a 9-year-old child and federal judge John Roll, reports AP. The gunman in custody has been identified as Jared Loughner, 22, but little is known about his motive. Click for more on the shooting, and for more details on Giffords' personal life.

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