Breaking: Democratic Arizona Congresswoman Shot at Grocery Store

From MSNBC News Services — U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has been shot, and at least six others have died after a gunman sprayed bullets into a public meeting on Saturday, Pima County sheriff’s office in Arizona confirmed to National Public Radio.

UPDATE: (12:16 p.m. PST) Conflictng news reports are indicating the Giffords is still alive and in critical condition undergoing surgery for her wound.

A gunman ran up to Giffords, 40, and shot her in the head as she addressed supporters outside a Safeway grocery store, according to media reports.

Giffords, 40, a Democrat, is married to U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly. She took office in January 2007, emphasizing issues such as immigration reform, embryonic stem-cell research, alternative energy sources and a higher minimum wage.

The Arizona politician’s office had been vandalized last March just hours after the House vote overhauling the health care system, The New York Times reported.

Read the complete story HERE.


 Statement by the President

President Barack Obama - White House Photo, Lawrence Jackson

This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded. 

We do not yet have all the answers.  What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.  I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.


  4 comments for “Breaking: Democratic Arizona Congresswoman Shot at Grocery Store

  1. cook
    January 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Society is starting to break down under the weight of socialism.

    • January 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm


      You’re really going with that? No compassion, no disgust, just the false Tea Party – Fascist-manipulated rhetoric that the policies of a Democratic President and Democrats in Congress are socialist.


      • cook
        January 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        It is too bad for the dead and wounded, Nothing in the news about a motive.

        I am worried about the fabric of society falling apart under the current pressures.

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