Breaking: Congresswoman Giffords (D-AZ) Shot, in ICU After Surgery

20:11 GMT This ends live blog. More news expected 18:00 PST/04:00 GMT Press Conference


20:10 GMT Chief of Police Roberto Villasenor

Secured offices and residences of members of the House and the Congresswoman. Will assist the Sheriff and those handling investigation.


20:08 GMT Mayor Bob Walkup making call for prayers. Instructed Police chief to give complete support to Sheriff conducting investigation.

Talked to Congresswoman’s father.

Those who died will not be forgotten


21:05 GMT UMC News conference

Peter Reid, trauma director at UMC

10patients, 1 died, 5 in critical and 5 in the operating room. Rest are stable.

Congresswoman in criitcal and neurosurgeons are optimistic about recovery. She was shot in the head. She was following commands through and through on one side.

Person who died at hospital was a young child about 9 years old.

Surgery completed. She will go to ICU. She is under anesthesia.

Next 24 hours will give them more information.


20:59 GMT 9 to UMC/4 to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Pima says 18 wounded


20:55 news conference ends.

Porch outside the Safeway store with flyers and the like. Federal emplyee seriouslyinjured, no confirmation it is the judge.

Dynamic event still unfolding. Can’t always release all details. Sheriff will be there at 6:00 PST and review all information


20:50 GMT

Pima County Sheriff news conference underway: a shooter is in custody, process of serving multiple search warrants. Know name, age and ethnicity nothing more.

22 year old man in custody. “Minor scrapes.” Limited run-ins with the law. Limited pistol with an extended magazine, puling videotapes from stores in the area.


20:48 Chief Judge John Roll of Pima County was also injured in the shooting from NBC 4 Tucson. Correction Federal Judge John Roll injured: From Judgepedia

John McCarthy Roll is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Roll is the Chief Judge of the court serving as the court’s lead judicial administrative officer in conjunction with the Clerk of Court in the day to day operations of the Court.


20:43 News conference expected momentarily.

NBC Tucson affiilate  reporting Congresswoman is in surgery and likely to suvive.


20:42 MSNBC streaming live  video from the Tucson NBC Affiliate station.


20:40 GMT Statement by The President:

Statement by the President

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.


20:37 GMT from FiredogLake and The Daily Dish both reporting photos of SarahPAC poster and others literally targeting the Congresswoman

and also

This event from an election challenger:

Giffords Opponent, Jesse Kelly, Held June Event to “Shoot a Fully Automatic M16″ to “Get on Target” and “Remove Gabrielle Giffords.


20:27 GMT Speaker Boehner statement:

“I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”


Updated 20:15 GMT from profile

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) allies herself with the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, but supported the major economic initiatives of the Obama administration.

She generally hews to the center of her party, with a focus on immigration issues, alternative energy policy and relations with Latin America.

The 100-mile border that her district shares with Mexico influences Giffords’ views on immigration.

She called the state law that targeted illegal immigrants “divisive” and “extreme” and said it does “nothing to make the communities I represent safer from smugglers and the dangerous spillover effects of border violence.”


Updated  20:10 GMT – from Congresswoman’s website about event:


TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will host her first “Congress on Your Corner” of the year on Saturday, Jan. 8 at a supermarket in northwest Tucson.

“Congress on Your Corner” allows residents of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District to meet their congresswoman one-on-one and discuss with her any issue, concern or problem involving the federal government.

Giffords has hosted numerous “Congress on Your Corner” events since taking office in January 2007. As in the past, the congresswoman’s staff will be available to assist constituents.

Previous “Congress on Your Corner” events in Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, and Douglas have attracted between 75 and 150 people.

For the media, “Congress on Your Corner” is an excellent opportunity to view the congresswoman interacting with constituents or ask questions about any topic.

This Saturday’s “Congress Your Corner” comes at the conclusion of the first week of the 112th Congress. Giffords took the oath of office for a third term on Wednesday and on Thursday she participated in a reading of the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House.


CNN is reporting that US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several staff and supporters were shot this morning in the head at a constituent gathering in the La Toscana Shopping Centre in Tucson, Arizona.

Police officials are reporting a suspect is in custody.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed the Congresswoman is in surgery.

There have been a number of fatalities reported.

(More as it becomes available.)

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