Photos: Arizona gunman shoots Rep. Gabby Giffords, federal judge, 18 others

Photos: Arizona gunman shoots Rep. Gabby Giffords, federal judge, 18 others

Credit: Robert Blanco Photography

Shooting suspect Jared Loughner at a Jazz event in 2005

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Posted on January 8, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 3:41 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, 40, was shot Saturday morning at a community event she was hosting on Tucson's northwest side.  There were 20 victims in all; six are dead, including federal judge John Roll, and a 9-year-old girl. 

Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of trauma at University Medical Center, says the Congresswoman was shot in the head and the bullet exited her skull.  He says surgery is over and he says he is "optimistic" about her recovery. 

Law enforcement sources say a suspect is in custody.  He's described as a 22-year-old male.  Some media outlets have identified him as Jared Loughner.   A check of records show he was arrested on a drug charge in 2007, but has no other run-ins with law enforcement.

Pima County Sheriff's Department says it happened at a Safeway grocery store at the intersection of Ina and Oracle.  The event was a "Congress on Your Corner" which Giffords has frequently held during her four years in office.  She was sworn in to her third term last week.

Giffords is a former Arizona state senator.  She was elected to Congress in 2006.

President Barack Obama issued a statement saying the Congresswoman was "gravely wounded" in the shooting.  He said others died.  He asked Americans to keep Ms. Giffords in their prayers.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has ordered flags in Arizona lowered to half staff in memory of the five who died in the shooting.  Brewer said she was "devastated" by the incident.

Numerous others have issued statements condemning the shooting.

 

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