** UPDATE 8 – Now confirmed – Federal Judge John Roll has died from the shooting**
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.
Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting her first “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting. At least five other people, including members of her staff, were hurt, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.
Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.
Michaels said Giffords was talking to a couple when the man ran up, firing indiscriminately, and then ran off. He was tackled by a bystander.
More details to come.
According to Wire Update she was shot at point blank range in the head.
I’ll keep you updated. You may also want to check my Breaking News page for updates as well.
UPDATE: According to Fox News on Live TV, 12 people were wounded.
UPDATE: “A CNN eyewitness is reporting six people dead, 15 wounded following shooting in Tucson.”
UPDATE 2:08 PM ET: TUCSON, ARIZONA (BNO NEWS) — NPR reports U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has died.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others died after a gunman opened fire at a public event on Saturday, the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office confirms. The 40-year-old Democrat was outside a Tucson grocery store when a gunman ran up and began firing indiscriminately. The suspect was taken into police custody.
MAJOR UPADTE: According to Fox News TV LIVE – Giffords is being reported to still be alive!!
UPDATE 3:45PM EST: Giffords is now being reported by Fox News TV LIVE that she is out of surgery and responsive to doctors.
UPDATE: Federal Judge John Roll wounded in shooting being reported by Fox News TV LIVE
UPDATE: Hospital very optimistic about Giffords’ recovery – reported by Fox News TV LIVE. They also reported from the Hospital press conference that a 9 year old child has died from the shooting.
UPDATE: Fox News now confirming via Federal Marshalls that Federal Judge John Roll has died from the shooting.
UPDATE: Shooter identified as Jared Loughner – HotAir has the lowdown on the shooter