update 20110108@14:47EST – there are now conflicting and updating reports about what happened. one source has ms. Giffords gravely wounded and in surgery, as are other victims of the shooter. I’ll be refreshing the NPR site frequently.
Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.
Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up and
fired indiscriminately from about four feet away, (Idon’t consider running up to her and shooting as “indiscriminate”)Michaels said.
Six others are also believed killed; the gunman ran away and was tackled by bystanders – his identity has not been released
how bloody awful. if memory serves, ms. Giffords is the first congress member to be murdered since Leo Ryan in Jonestown in 1978.
I wasn’t familiar with congresswoman Giffords until today: a cursory look around the internet locates several posts (most of whichare/will be removed soon) calling her “chicken” for not showing up at TeaBagger events/’debates’. and with good reason, we now sadly find out.
our thoughts go out to her family and those of all others killed or wounded.