U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.
The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.
At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.
No word on why this happened though the shooter was reportedly taken into custody so we could know more soon. But if she was indeed the target, one might surmise that the nastiness of our current political discourse might have had something to do with this.
UPDATE: 3:15 PM – Reports have Rep Giffords coming out out surgery and stating that they are optimistic about her recovery.
UPDATE 3:30 – Alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s (apparent) YouTube channel is in past tense and suggests he is a troubled youth that seems, after watching some of his videos, to have quite an infatuation with the Constitution.