Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at a public event in Tuscon, Arizona on Jan. 8, CNN reports. 18 others, including members of her staff, were injured. Six people have died and 12 are wounded. A source says her injuries are “pretty serious.”
]]><![CDATA[The University Medical Center in Tuscon's spokesman Darci Slaten says
nine patients were brought to the hospital, including a child. All are
either in serious or critical condition and undergoing surgery.
Giffords’ press secretary disputed an earlier report from a law enforcement source who said she had died. The press secretary says that the congresswoman remained in surgery for her injuries. AP reports that an aide to Gibbons died in the attack.
The identity of the gunman in not yet known, but he is currently in custody. Rep. Giffords was talking to a couple when the man ran up and started shooting and then ran away before he was tackled by a bystander.
Giffords, 40, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway when the gunman opened fire. Before the event, she tweeted, “My 1st Congress on Your Corner starts now. Please stop by to let me know what is on your mind or tweet me later.”
The Democrat was first elected into the house in 2006 and was re-elected to her third term in November.