NPR reports that Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has been reportedly shot along with five others in Arizona. Are Sharron Angle’s second amendment remedies being taken too seriously? We will post updates as available.
Update from NPR: “Giffords was talking to a couple [at a public event at a Safeway] when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said. According to other witnesses, he was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody.
Death total at six. 19 total shot.
Update: Sadly, Reuters and NPR report that 4 to 6 others are dead. Among the dead are Judge John Roll and a nine year old child.
Update: MSNBC now reports that a surgeon is on scene and that Giffords is alive but in critical condition.
From The New York Post:
Her father Spencer Giffords, 75, wept when asked if his 40-year-old daughter had any enemies. “Yeah,” he told The Post. “The whole tea party.”
MSNBC reports that Tucson’s deputy city manager says that doctors expect Rep. Giffords to pull through.
Via Brian Stelter, state senator Linda Lopez tells Fox, “We just heard that [Giffords] is responding to commands. She made it through surgery.”
A surgeon is “very optimistic” about Rep. Giffords. He adds that she was shot in the head “through and through.”
“We cannot tell what kind of recovery but I’m about as optimistic as it can get in this situation.”
He also says that there are 10 patients from the shooting, one has died, five are in critical condition. The dead patient was a child.
Ms. Giffords shooting has far reaching ripples as her husband, Mark is scheduled to command the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. It is unknown if he will change places with the Commander of the last flight of Atlantis in order to be with his wife. I suspect she would want him to go.