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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 02:42 PM
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 her 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 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.


http://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132764367/congresswoman-shot-in-arizona

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 02:47 PM
I'm speechless. That's terrible.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 02:55 PM
Hospital is reporting she is still alive and in surgery, although 5 others have died.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 02:58 PM
Any updates on a reason for the shootings?

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:03 PM
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Any updates on a reason for the shootings?


Not yet all they have said is that he screamed something right before he opened up but no one has said what he yelled.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:04 PM
probably some tea-bagger/birther a$$hole, wacko who did it!. Gabrielle is a GOOD WOMAN. I hope she's ok!.



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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:13 PM
I have been hearing there's a lot of angry sentiment in Arizona about the governor's 'death panels' when it comes to transplants. I was wondering if that might have something to do with it.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:15 PM

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:17 PM
I do know that she was on Sarah Palin's hit list map, the one she had on SarahPAC.

http://www.boingboing.net/2011/01/08/congresswoman-gabrie.html

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:17 PM
Fu_king horrible. Praying for victims and their families.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:19 PM
Head shots are particularly nasty.....my prayers joining sixty8's.

 

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I do know that she was on Sarah Palin's hit list map, the one she had on SarahPAC.

http://www.boingboing.net/2011/01/08/congresswoman-gabrie.html


Her Facebook page is nuts at the moment in the comments section.

I should also add that Palin has taken the map down off her website and has offered "sincere condolences."

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:22 PM
Hate to say it looks like more than just one lone disgruntled constituent, but details raise that sceptor.

"At least four people are dead, University Medical Center spokesman Darci Slaten said. They were among five to seven people who were being treated.

The NBC affilliate in Tucson reports that the FBI has taken over the investigation.

A man who works at Sprint store nearby told CNN he heard 15 to 20 shots, and there are two bodies on the ground in front of the Safeway. He said people were screaming that "Gabrielle Giffords has been shot."

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/08/20110108arizona-giffords- brk.html

Remarks: 15-20 shots is a professional hit, other people also being shot with no regard to their safety, that's govt. style, target someone and not worry about who gets in the way.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:23 PM
Seems to be a lot of crap flying around right now, just heard that they are now saying that there might have been a 2nd gunman.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:24 PM
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Head shots are particularly nasty.....my prayers joining sixty8's.


Yeah head shots aren't good, the first thing I thought about was James Brady. Sen. Lopez from AZ. said she was in grave condition....

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:25 PM
This happened a few miles away from where I live, she was doing a "congress on your corner" Q&A session at a shopping center. I hear she is badly injured. they have the punk who did this in custody. two bystanders tackled the a$$hole and beat him down/held him till the cops got there.





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http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_88b4b436-1b53-11e0-8354-001cc4c002e 0.html

The shooting occurred at a Safeway supermarket where Giffords was holding one of her regular "Congress on Your Corner" events, which allows her to speak directly with constituents in her district.

The gunman fired at people in line and got within 4 to 5 feet of the congresswoman, said Mark Kimble, a former Tucson newspaper executive who is now on her staff.

The gunman fired at Giffords then ran out continuing to shoot.

Members her Giffords' staff were among the wounded.

Matthew Laos, 43, was the first person in line at the event. He came to talk to her about his U.S. Army assignment and show her an award he had received.

"I was proud to show her the award. And I even said to her that I was so proud she had won this election under the most difficult circumstances," Laos said, adding he spoke with her for seven minutes, then it dawned on him he was monopolizing her time, with some 20 people in line behind him.

As he was driving away, he saw law enforcement vehicles speeding by. "It was just too close to the event," he said, adding he had a strange feeling. When he got home, he turned on the news, then drove to her midtown congressional office, 1661 N. Swan Road, to try to get more information on her condition.

http://www.kgun9.com/Global/story.asp?S=13807722

There are numerous reports that she was shot in the head at virtually point blank range. Three members of her staff were also shot.

Pima County Sheriff's Department says it happened at a Safeway grocery store at the intersection of Ina and Oracle. The event was a "Congress on Your Corner" which she has frequently held during her four years in office. She was sworn in to her third term last week.

As many as 15 others were shot as well by a single gunman who walked up to the Congresswoman and began shooting.

http://www.fox11az.com/news/local/Congresswoman-shot-at-northwest-side-even t-113134054.html

"A suspect is in custody.

http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=13807906

"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. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities in Arizona are investigating the shooting."

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132764367/congresswoman-shot-in-arizona






 

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Remarks: 15-20 shots is a professional hit, other people also being shot with no regard to their safety, that's govt. style, target someone and not worry about who gets in the way.


Um, no.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:38 PM
Not exactly evidence of a professional shooting. More like a shooter who shares in the rampant idiotic paranoia running wild these days.
 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:44 PM
Just heard she is responding to commands from her doctors. Bullet went in temple and out front of her head. Shooter was reported as being a Afghan Veteran.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 03:51 PM
If that is true, it could be the result of a stress disorder from combat. Here is an example of somebody still in Afghanistan and how is reaction to the war is different. When asked what he wanted for Christmas, he asked for help for some of the children in Afghanistan.

Iowa town provides Afghan school with supplies

NATO News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 8) – U.S. Army Sgt. Derrick Wygle, mortarman, fellow soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat, 34th Infantry Division, other and Afghan National Army soldiers from 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Regiment, conducted a dismounted patrol to the Najil village Jan. 3 and delivered a batch of school supplies to the school.

Toward the end of November, Wygle was talking with his wife Ona, who asked him what he wanted for Christmas. In a way she was asking on behalf of her husband’s stateside employer, the Waverly Health Center, where he works as an emergency room unit coordinator. They were making it a project to send him a good present.

“I’m not much of a Christmas guy; to me it’s more about family than gifts and there’s not much I could use here,” Wygle said. “So I said, ‘well, have them send me a box or two of school supplies.”

What Wygle got was nearly 100 boxes of school supplies from the town of Waverly, Iowa, and its surrounding communities.

The supplies were for children at the local school, Quala e’ Najil. It is one of the closest schools to the tiny Combat Outpost Najil where Wygle and his fellow soldiers from Co. A are serving in eastern Afghanistan.

Wygle, a seven-year veteran of the Iowa National Guard, said his co-workers at the Waverly Health Center approached the local newspaper and asked for donations. His story is on the front page, with a photo his wife, a photographer, took of him.

“I don’t deserve to be on the front page of the paper,” said Wygle. “My employer does. I just asked for a couple boxes of school supplies.”

At the school, the soldiers took time to interact with the children and toured the school with the principal. About 2,000 boys attend the school in the morning, with another 950 girls attending in the afternoon. The ANA were noticeably happy to line up the children and hand them the supplies.

Wygle said little things make a huge difference to the children, who are very poor. In fact, a good toy for a child in the village is a wire with two wire wheels on it, which they push through the streets.

“We are trying to make sure the kids who don’t have things get them,” he said.

The Iowa support rendered boxes full of pens, pencils, snacks, pads and book bags.

Quala e’ Najil school principal Haminullah said he is thankful for the donations from the U. S. because the children are from a country that is poor and war-torn.

“Education is the foundation of a strong country,” he said. “The supplies will help the students get a better education, which will benefit the larger picture.”

“The majority of the supplies came from Bremer County, U.S. Army Maj. Steven Shannon, civil affairs team chief, Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team. “Supplies were also donated from a project known as Operation Care.”

Wygle said the response was amazing, but it didn’t completely surprise him.

“It’s kind of an Iowa thing,” he said. “It’s not just my community; it’s all of our communities. They support every single one of our soldiers here. My employer has always supported me through drills, flood duty, schools, deployments and now this. They really, really stepped up.”

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 04:04 PM
1 dead [a child] 5 critically wounded 10 total [shooting victims], gabrielle giffords just came out of surgery, the doctors are optimistic about her full recovery.



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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 04:07 PM
I'm glad she's doing well.....incredibly sad about the child.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 04:07 PM
This is sad as nobody deserves to be shot

 

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  posted on 1/8/2011 at 04:14 PM
At approximately 10:05 a.m. at the corner of Ina Road and Oracle Road in Tucson, a 22 year old man fired a pistol "With an extended magazine" gravely injuring US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords during a scheduled community event.

Remarks: What is "an extended magazine"?

Giffords and others were flown by Life-Flight to University Medical Center. Dr. Peter Rhee, Trama Program of UMC stated, "10 patients of which one died, five patients in critical condition and five others in surgery."

"The Congresswoman is not deceased and is critical condition." The Doctor was very optimistic of her recovery.

The child involved with the shooting has died from injuries. Rep. Giffords was shot once in the head through-and-through." stated Rhee.

Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, stated, "This is the time for all of us to give our prayers to the victims of this tragedy."

A followup press conference has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in Tucson.

http://www.azreporter.com/news/



 

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