BREAKING: Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot, Condition Unknown (Update)

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NPR is reporting that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, has been shot outside of a grocery store on the corner of Ina and Oracle roads in Tucson. Giffords and some of her staff were holding an event on the street corner when an unidentified man ran up and started shooting. Five other people were also injured.

Giffords was rushed to the University Medical Center in Tuscon. The gunman was taken into custody. We'll update when more details come through.

UPDATE: The local ABC affiliate is reporting that at least 12 people were wounded, including Giffords.

UPDATE: Gawker's Adrian Chen spoke to an eyewitness who says that the gunman walked up to Giffords and shot her in the head first. After shooting her he opened fire on the others, and was then tackled by a member of Giffords' staff. The shooter is described as being in his mid-to-late 20s, who looked like a "fringe character."

UPDATE: NPR is now reporting that Giffords and six others died as a result of the shooting. Giffords was 40.

[Rosie Gray]


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Darkbeforedawn
Darkbeforedawn

The mighty US of A is doomed if the collaborators in this (surprisingly well-written in some ways) series of attack posts below is any indication of our panicky reactivity and lack of true sorrow and reflection, regardless of the (now almost nothing but) theatrics of the ridiculous idiots of either red or blue stripe (wake up, children, they're the children of mobsters, lazy rich people, etc, not really public servants, except, sadly as Congressmen or women.) I used to love the USA's attitude to the rest of the world. It was high-spirited, in control, demented, childlike and raw. As a Canadian runaway, I watched in mute worship. Now, this spirit is reduced to almost nothing, while its own residents take politics WAY too seriously and other human life way too casually, viciously, even in emails and posts, American attacking American. Wake up, the people stoking your media fires don't care about you.The poor woman

Mary
Mary

Representative Giffords has died, as have 4 others, one of which was a small child. I would hope the moderators here will remove the tasteless and cruel remarks of Dconklin58, for exploiting this tragedy based on his or her sick ideology.

Pete Pearson
Pete Pearson

White racist Republicans in Arizona were behind this assassination. The group is sometimes called the Christian Identity...AZ Rep Russell Pearce is part of the same group.

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

REUTERS now reports Giffords has died.

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

Gunman in custody, described as in late teens or early 20s, probably a Mexican cartel hitman

justaguywatchingitallhappen
justaguywatchingitallhappen

jokyfo is an instigator...will say ANYTHING to look big and make you react. Probably a ten yr old girl using big words for the first time LOL...whatch...he/she will write something lame in response. Ready?? 3...2..1...

mavigozler
mavigozler

Perhaps the most pernicious or insidious type of violence is politically motivated violence. Ms. Giffords---whose total recovery from any injury we all hope for---is a Democrat, so the automatic assumption is that some deranged Tea Partier has fallen off the edge and implemented the "Second Amendment" solution actually advocated by a candidate for office in the state north of Arizona (instead of being a candidate, she should have been arrested for incitement to violence!).

There are unconfirmed reports on CNN that there are "bodies on the ground" of the crime scene. If that is so, I will buy the rope and someone else can supply the tree for the perpetrator. But truly, I want the person convicted for this criminal act to be put to death most slowly and most publicly. I want the whole of the nation to see this creep snivel and beg for his life, to have the list of his failings as a human being read aloud while he is bound to a stake and lashed several times. I want to everyone to see this miscreant curse the whole of the nation---be sure he will do this---and in this curse, he wishes all of us decent people an eternity in hell. Most importantly, I want this criminal to say that God or Jesus were the voices in his head telling him to do it, for surely that is what will be heard by us all.

Please, don't expect any humanity---human kindness---from me for perpetrators of political violence. I am a (political) liberal, to be sure, but not a turn-the-other-cheek kind of liberal. I am the liberal you want leading the point in a (cultural) civil war when it is time to go toe-to-toe with the right-wing fundamentalists increasing in ever larger numbers in this country. And don't see my vigor in defending against violence with violence as hypocrisy. It's justice or revenge...but it is not unprovoked...and that is the quintessential difference.

justaguywatchingitallhappen
justaguywatchingitallhappen

Actually, the shooter is being reported as former Astronaut Mark Kelly...That's what local reports in P-town, Or. are saying...

JesterX_96
JesterX_96

What does political affiliation have to do with any of this? The shooter is still unknown, and you dont have to be left or right wing to be psycho.

justaguywatchingitallhappen
justaguywatchingitallhappen

SEE? PERFECT Example...a bunch of people have been shot, and you guys can do is bitch about what the other people are writing about. Nobody talks anymore. It's ALWAYS a battle to prove who is right. Left, Right..WTF!! Whatever happened to HUMAN!! A-fucking-MAZING!! Ya'll need to go take a deep look into the mirror...wow

Rburch
Rburch

where is store located.

Randy

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

It was the Mexican Drug Cartels that got her. The Leftist traitors will try and make it look like the Right did it. They would make Hitler proud.

Allanonxi
Allanonxi

I really hope it was an illegal alien who shot her. Maybe then border security will get the attention it deserves.

justaguywatchingitallhappen
justaguywatchingitallhappen

...It's only just begun... we're a country of reactionary fools. And the comments to follow this will only prove it. Pathetically sad i tell ya...

oneofgodschildren
oneofgodschildren

Wow, Dconklin, you're making your own party look bad. Is that how you want to represent? With hate?

Bertmac83
Bertmac83

Did you forget this is a free country just cause you dont agree with someone you dont kill them this is not a dictatorship idiots.

Jcrossland
Jcrossland

you people are fucking sick. someone is shot and all you can respond with is 'one down'??? are you fucking kidding me?

Dconklin58
Dconklin58

Someone on the right needs to be shot to serve as an example to the rest.

Allanonxi
Allanonxi

He is probably going to sue the guy who tackled him and win. That is how justice works now a days.

Rtaylor99us
Rtaylor99us

Crawl back into the "progressive" hole you crawled out of Dconklin. You are not going to be allowed to ruin this country.

Mikescorpio
Mikescorpio

Another moronic statement. Hope you feel better about yourself.

Mikescorpio
Mikescorpio

You hope an illegal alien shot her? What kind of moronic statement is that? Push an agenda no matter what the costs?

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

You don't know what the fuck you are spewing you motherfuckng fool and traitor

noone
noone

Jay you Fkn dbag... Wonder what your reaction would be if that was your Mother, Sister, Wife or Daughter?

You Fkn Clown!!!

Stansajew
Stansajew

You are yet another idiot and I'm hardcore republican.

Heatherh2
Heatherh2

Imbecile -and I'm being nice.

majii
majii

No one should be targeted and shot no matter what their political affiliation is. There are many politicians with whom I do not agree, but shooting or killing them is the LAST thing on my mind. Second Amendment remedies are not the solutions to political differences in a civilized society.

I'm sure you'd feel the same way if someone had done something like this to one of your family members. I don't think you would, so may God have mercy on your soul for endorsing this type of behavior on the part of anyone.

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

You better watch you r moth leftist traitor

Tmclean06
Tmclean06

How responsible and enlightened of you.

poljunkie
poljunkie

Dcon- really a thoughtless comment.

Bek_wag33
Bek_wag33

wow you aleady go there? That's what wrong with this country. And I vote republican.

Mary
Mary

Dconklin58, given that between the nut who flew the plane into the IRS building, the professor, Amy Bishop who shot and killed four of her colleages at Duke University,(she'd also murdered her brother and threatened a professor in Boston with a bomb threat) and every other insane act over the past few years, they've all been leftists, including the census worker who hung himself, setting up the scene to make it appear he'd been murdered for insurance purposes. Instead of seeking to exploit this horrible tragedy for your corrupt ideology, why don't you say a prayer for Giffords, her staff who were shot and to help their families get through this time???

Sha2540
Sha2540

Illegal aliens don"t murder people for foolishness, they look for job opportunity in order to feed their family.

Allanonxi
Allanonxi

It is simple. If a low-class white guy gets shot by an illegal alien, no one covers it. But if a high ranking public official gets gunned down by an illegal the news is all over it and people will scream for blood. That is how things get done in this country. This is a tragic, but maybe some good will come from it.

Heatherh2
Heatherh2

Wonder what's lower - your age or your IQ? Nah, gotta be the IQ.

Beccasf
Beccasf

Mary, are you completely insane or brainwashed by Faux news. They are all crazy right wing Glenn Beck listener types. Leftists? What planet are you living on?

JAMES
JAMES

"Leftist" terrorists? You vile, amoral, piece of sh*t! What ideology were ALL these recent American terrorists: Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Byron Williams, Richard Poplawski, Scott Roeder, Eric Rudolph, James Von Brunn, Jim David Adkisson, and who can forget the largest loss of life this century thanks to born-again Christian George W Bush - Shock n' Awe?

JAMES
JAMES

Hi Mary,

You're an asshole!

Have a nice day!

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

You got a big mouth on the internet you notherfuckin yellow cunt traitror. How are you in person?

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

You're a traitor. Turn yourself in and face justice you yellow cunt faggot

Jokyfo
Jokyfo

JAMES, fuck you ya goddamn traitor and yellow dog

Mary
Mary

An asshole, for suggesting that rather than play your sick ideological games, where rather than feeling badly for the victims of this tragedy, you're gleeful, because it's just another opportunity for you to espouse your hatred,, that you say a prayer for Rep Giffords, her injured staff members and her family.

And you wonder why people have been drawing parallels between the left and the fascists...

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