Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona Shot in Tucson
A US congresswoman from Arizona, Democrat Gabrielle Giffords was shot dead during a public event in Tuscon Saturday when an unidentified gunman opened fire on the crowd she was addressing, also shooting 11 other people, media reports are saying.
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was fatally shot in the head while holding a public event in Tucson, Fox News and National Public Radio reported on Saturday.
Fox said 11 other people were shot when an unidentified gunman ran up and began shooting indiscriminately as Giffords addressed supporters.
Giffords was shot point blank in the head, Fox said.
The network said the gunman was in custody.
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.
Gabrielle Giffords, a congresswoman from Arizona, was shot in the head on Saturday at a public event at a grocery store in Tucson, according to her spokesman, C. J. Karamargin, and news reports.
Her condition was unknown. She was taken to University Medical Center in Tucson, the trauma center for the area, about 10 miles away. NPR and CNN reported that she had been killed, but Darci Slater, a hospital spokeswoman, said that Ms. Giffords was in surgery. CNN quoted a public information officer for the sheriff’s office as saying that 12 people had been injured in all and that the shooting had occurred around 10 a.m. local time. An employee at a nearby store told CNN that he heard a steady stream of gun fire that appeared sustained “random.” Shortly after, emergency vehicles filled the parking lot around the grocery story and cordoned off the area.
UPDATE: ABC News reports Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in surgery after getting shot during a meeting with constituents in Tucson. That word came after multiple reports that she had died. As many as a dozen people were shot in the incident.