Saturday, January 8th, 2011

This is just awful.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others died after a gunman opened fire at a public event on Saturday, the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office confirms. The 40-year-old Democrat was outside a Tucson grocery store when a gunman ran up and began firing indiscriminately. The suspect was taken into police custody.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head and killed outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

The 40-year-old Democrat, 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.

Other news outlets are reporting the shooting, but as of 1:15pm ET, NPR and Reuters are the only two I can see that have reported Giffords’ death. The suspect was reportedly detained by bystanders and is now in custody.

MORE: There are now reports both confirming and contradicting the early reports of Giffords death.

MORE: A surgeon at one local hospital has confirmed at a press conference that Giffords is still alive, and that he is “very optimistic” about her recovery. Great news for her and her family. He also confirmed that there were other fatalities, and that at least five people at his hospital are in critical condition. He also confirmed that a nine-year-old girl shot at the event died at the hospital. I’m going to stop the updates for now. Feel free to post links to new developments in the comments.

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107 Responses to “Horrible”

  1. #1 |  Elliot | 

    Roberta X (#96):…Matt:how about the way you keep trying to win-by-sneakiness … and start metadiscussions instead of addressing the issue?

    Matt’s comments are right on point. I don’t see him as being “sneaky” at all.

    Perhaps if you simply accepted that I didn’t lob an ad hominem at you, quit telling people that their words aren’t resurrecting the dead (when do they ever?), and tried to have an honest, civil discussion with others instead of seeing how you can one up them with snarky asides, there might be a bit less pointless friction between us.

  2. #2 |  Roberta X | 

    It’s not pointless.

  3. #3 |  SteveLaudig | 

    Republicans = Teapublicans. WWLD? What would Lincoln do?

  4. #4 |  CyniCAl | 

    I believe I had the appropriate response to this story.

  5. #5 |  RWW | 

    What would Lincoln do?

    Find even more ways to be a tyrranical douche?

  6. #6 |  zendingo | 

    does anyone know what Jared Loughner did for a living? was he full time student? did he have a job? how did this guy support himself?

  7. #7 |  CharlesWT | 

    He was still living with his parents.