Saturday, January 08, 2011

Congresswoman, 17+ others shot in Arizona

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and over a dozen 17 others were shot this morning in Tucson, Arizona, at an outdoor townhall-type meeting the congresswoman was holding.

Initially, news reports said that Giffords was killed (shot point-blank to the head), but they now report that she is alive, in "very critical condition", and still in surgery.

Here's a live news feed from local television [if the video does not work, the direct link is here]:



Several of the victims have died so far, including a congressional staffer.

UPDATE: Reports from law enforcement say that a federal judge is among the wounded. The gunman has been apprehended.

UPDATE 2: A doctor reported at a press conference that a young child died at the hospital, and that Rep. Giffords has made it through surgery. He is optimistic about her recovery.

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