Gabrielle Giffords Shot in Tucson. The Democratic Arizona Congresswoman Was Alive at Time of This Writing *UPDATED*

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot this morning in Tucson.
*UPDATED* Click here for update.

Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was one of at least 12 people shot this morning at an event at a grocery store in Tucson, NPR is reporting.

Giffords was reportedly shot in the head as she attended a "Congress on your Corner" event at a Safeway in Northwest Tucson. She was rushed to an area hospital, where her condition was unknown -- although, ABC News is reporting that hospital staff confirm that Giffords is alive.


According to varying media reports, the gunman approached Giffords and just started shooting into the crowd.

At least 12 people, including several members of the congresswoman's staff, were shot during the attack.

It's been reported that the gunman is in custody, but New Times was unable to confirm that report this morning.

This is the third act of violence against a Democratic lawmaker in three days -- Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley was targeted with a mail bomb on Thursday and Department of Homeland Secretary Chief Janet  Napolitano was targeted with a similar mail bomb yesterday.

Check back to Valley Fever throughout the day for updates.
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A TRUE AMERICAN
A TRUE AMERICAN

You are all RETARTED! Both Democrats and Republicans have taken turns raping and destroying the Greatest Nation in history! Lincoln tried to end slavory and was murdered... JFK!!! You don't think George W. Bush got death threats from lilberals during his presidency??? THERE WAS A MOVIE MADE ABOUT HIS ASSINATION WHILE HE WAS PRESIDENT! I'm willing to bet not more than 25% of the people commenting here vote in their local elections! Which is where change really happens. Read books, don't break the law and support yourself and your family, and stop blaming other people for the actions of individuals! The comments on this page make me sick, and make me embarrassed to call myself an American!

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

>>> Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as "Left-Wing Pothead"http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

I BELIEVE the phrase is, "You're All A Bunch of D...Heads" is applicable, here.

Capisce?

wherewasi
wherewasi

New Times, thank you. This is the only site with local news where we can speak our minds without being edited or censored. I made a few posts on KPHO, including the fact that they are spelling Loughner's name wrong, and they deleted my posts (well, all posts, actually) and have not bothered to correct the spelling. AZcentral at least has gotten the spelling right...

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

Now if only your blatanly stupid hate-filled anti-right rants even vaguely correct, you Lunatic!

>>> Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as "Left-Wing Pothead"http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

I BELIEVE the phrase is, "You're All A Bunch of D...Heads" is applicable, here.

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

OK, lol, it ate the phrase, somehow:

Now if only [you could get] your blatanly stupid hate-filled anti-right rants even vaguely correct, you Lunatic!

> Corrected. <:-S

Gray Race
Gray Race

The tea party are the new taliban.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Sarah has been wiping her fingerprints - and Facebook page - off of this, but for those who didn't look in time, here is a link that shows the map and Giffords' name and District with crosshairs:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyo...

Howie68
Howie68

just google sarah palin crosshairs and you will find many links.

these right wingers light the fire and stir the pot then when something goes awry claim they did nothing wrong. this is a shame that a person was shot possibly over nothing more than politcal beliefs and to top it off she was a moderate.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Furthermore, a nine year old little girl who probably didn't have any clue what "politics" are is dead, and a Federal judge as well.

Ross
Ross

Giffords was among 20 other members of Congress who were on a so-called hit list published by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Palin, who has never publicly advocated violence against fellow US politicians, has often employed rhetorical attacks that leverage imagery and terminology familiar to gun owners and evocative of firearms. She said in March that her supporters should "reload" and "aim for" Democrats, ostensibly with their votes.

A map of the US, published on Palin's Facebook page, featured targeting crosshairs over individual congressional districts Palin had targeted for intense campaign efforts. While her note called for "pink slips," she added that supporters should fire a "salvo" at those lawmakers. Rep. Giffords was on the list.

Jesse Kelly, Giffords' Republican opponent in the 2010 mid-term elections, similarly employed guns in a campaign event. He staged an event in July asking supporters to "get on target" and "remove Gabrielle Giffords from office" -- all while shooting "a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly."

wherewasi
wherewasi

Alledged shooter's YouTube:

Of course, we don't know for sure that he is the shooter, although a corresponding Facebook page has been suddenly removed. This from surfing the net for breaking news:

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad...

Tired of Hatred
Tired of Hatred

Interesting that Sarah Palin's PAC website has (rifle scope) cross-hairs over all the 'enemies' including Gabrielle Giffords' name and state. Should she be an accomplice to the lunatic that shot these people?

wherewasi
wherewasi

You are absolutely right, TOH. And, of course, we have to give credit where credit is due, like to our brilliant state lawmakers that basically said any lunatic can carry a gun and by alcohol on Sunday mornings.

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

Yes, well, these ARE the same people who told you you were getting a "great public education" in one that couldn't quite manage to teach you the difference between "by" and "BUY", genius.

Jeanne Talpers
Jeanne Talpers

What about a huge protest march at the NRA headquarters on Route 66 toward Dulles.

J Curwen
J Curwen

But Palin has been on Fox News saying how shocked she is! She says she and Todd are saying some sort of prayers or incantations.(Shocked, shocked, I tell you.)

Asd
Asd

You all need to shut the fuck up. No one knows why this happened yet. Its pretty fucking stupid to start pointing fingers at this point.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

No it's not too early. Palin and her cross hairs allusions, all of the teabagging fools who screamed at Gabrielle at town hall meetings (I witnessed it) and the goddamned fool who dropped the pistol at the Safeway in Douglas when Gabrielle was visiting - are complicit in this - they have willfully elevated the level of hatred in politics and cannot hide from their responsibility. I have three friends who are on Gabrielle's staff, and I do not know if they are alive or dead and I am full of grief and ANGER. God damn all right-wing extremists with your sick-fucking bumper stickers and rattlesnake flags. You are mother-fucking cowards who are only brave in packs or when armed. God damn you all...

A nine-year-old is among the dead. Mother-fuck all you tebaggers and god damn all right wing gun-hugging extremists.

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

You know, the only HATE running around is all verbalized above.

There's a term, "projection". You might want some introspective self-examination on the meaning of it, lefty-boy.

J Curwen
J Curwen

It isn't stupid to make some educated guesses, though, as long as it's made clear that that's what they are.

Mark
Mark

Please do not make assumptions about the shooter/suspect without having a clue.

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

Mark, Mark, Mark.

How can you be a lefty moron without making mindlessly stupid presumptions about everything?

I mean, really!! Get with the program!

Clearly left wing potheads aren't violent! It's just not possible.

I mean, other than the five hundred thousand instances you can actually find out there if you look, HOW MANY VIOLENT LEFTIES... other than the Unibomber. And John Hinkley. And ... whomever ... CAN YOU REALLY, REALLY NAME?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Ok, Mark. Then, my second guess would be a near-sighted deer hunter, my third guess would be a scorned ex-boyfriend, and my fourth guess would be a Mexican drug cartel. Which one would you put your money on?

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

I'm putting MY money on "Left Wing Pothead".

>>> Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as "Left-Wing Pothead"http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

Once more, I BELIEVE the phrase is, "You're All A Bunch of D...Heads" is applicable, here.

J Curwen
J Curwen

One clue we have is how many dead and in critical condition there are. This sounds like someone with a lot of experience with his firearm. Kill to wounded ratio appears to be very high. An ordinary nut case would make more bad shots.

wherewasi
wherewasi

This is outrageous! When will the far right extremists realize how F'ing CRAZY they really are?

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

This is outrageous!!

When with the far left morons realize just how F'ing STUPID they really are?

Asdf
Asdf

More Republican/ Tea Party fueled terrorism.

Marcy
Marcy

I would say there is a 99% chance the killer is another right wing nut case and the killer holds the following beliefs:

1) Hates "illegals" but thinks it's OK for him to break the law2) Thinks Obama wasn't born in the US3) Thinks 9/11 was a US Government plot4) Thinks killing the unborn is evil but killing US Congresswomen and others is find and dandy

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

>>> Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as "Left-Wing Pothead"http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

I BELIEVE the phrase is, "You're All A Bunch of D...Heads" is applicable, here.

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