Arizona Democratic rep. Gabrielle Giffords is critically wounded after being shot, 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.
She was shot today outside a Safeway grocery store in northwest Tucson during her first “Congress on Your Corner” gathering of the year. She was greeting constituents at a grocery store. Some of her aides were reportedly among those wounded.
At least six others were injured in a burst of gunfire. 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 and is the third woman in Arizona’s history to be elected to serve in the U.S. Congress.