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Gunman Shoots Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at Tucson Event (Corrected)

2:30 PM, Jan 8, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Horrifying news out of Arizona. Politico reports:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz., while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

Giffords, who was first elected in 2006, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a supermarket when a man started shooting.

Twelve people were injured in the shooting shortly after 10 o’clock local time, according to Jason Ogan, a spokesman for the Pima Country Sherrif’s department. The police are sweeping the area for any other possible suspects and currently have one person in custody.

The victims and their loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.

Correction (2:38 p.m.): While the NPR story initially linked here and the Washington Post report that Rep. Giffords has been killed, her office says that she is now in surgery.

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