Tucson AZ Jan 8 2011 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot and possibly killed Saturday. According to NPR, she is now dead. However, the local sheriff, Clarence Dupnick, has told MSNBC that she is still alive and a hospital spokesman has also told MSNBC that Giffords is alive and in surgery. She was hosting a public event at a Safeway grocery store on the north side of Tucson.
NPR says Giffords and 6 others were killed. According to Dupnick, 5 people were killed and 6 wounded.
The motives of the attacker, who was detained on the scene and taken into custody, are at this point unknown. Fox is reporting that the gunman “ran up and began shooting indiscriminately as Giffords addressed supporters.” According to the New York Times, the Tuscon Citizen is reporting that Giffords was shot at close range.
Witnesses say that the gunman was in his “late teens or early twenties.” An eyewitness says that he was young, mid-to-late 20s, white clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing.” According to their source, he looked like a “fringe character.”
Giffords was first elected represent Arizona’s 8th district in 2006. She was married to astronaut Mike Kelly.