Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, has been shot.
She was shot today outside a Safeway grocery store in northwest Tucson during her first “Congress on Your Corner” gathering of the year. At least nine others were injured when a man ran up to the crowd and began firing.
A spokesman for the Pima County sheriff says that at least 12 people were shot. The Tucson Citizen reports that Rep. Giffords was “shot point blank in the head.”
Giffords was first elected to the House in 2006. She represents the state’s 8th Congressional District. Born on June 8, 1970, she was the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 8th congressional district. She was a member of the Democratic Party.
She is the third woman in Arizona’s history to be elected to serve in the U.S. Congress.
The New York Times wrote that Giffords’ office was vandalized in March “a few hours after the House vote overhauling the nation’s health care system.”
The latest news is that Giffords was shot in the head, but she survived and is in surgery, according to a spokesman at the University Medical Center in Tucson.
She and nine others had been taken to hospital, a hospital spokesperson said on CNN. Several U.S. news organizations initially reported she had died.