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Democratic Representative Gabrielle Gifford of Arizona Is Shot During a Constituent Meeting
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Arizona Representative Gabrielle Gifford shot along with eleven others during a small constituent meeting at a grocery store.

CNN reports she is currently in surgery. The condition of the eleven others is not known, though it is reported that a Congressional staffer has been killed.

Representative Gifford was among three Democratic Congresspeople whose offices were vandalized during health care reform and won her race against a member of the Tea Party earlier this year.

In the rocky course of civilization, repetition is key; by now, I think we kind of know what happens when assassination becomes a tool of politics. Saying it does not end well understates the case to the point of ridicule; it doesn't end.

My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Update, 2:35 PM

According to CNN, among the victims was a child. The suspect is in custody.

Update, 2:51 PM

CNN Blog

The total number of victims has been raised to eighteen; of that number, it is reported that six have died. The world is infinitely less in their passing. I hope they weren't afraid.

Representative Gifford remains in surgery. According to reports attributed ot Fox News, Gifford is responding to commands after surgery, but I can't get a direct attribution. Piers Morgan's Twitter contains a quote.

Update, 3:05 PM CST

Okay, missed this earlier; a Federal Judge is among the victims, status unknown.

Update, 3:14 PM CST

CNN Blog reports seven minutes ago to confirm one of the deceased victims was a child.

Representative Gifford is under anesthesia and out of surgery after taking a single gunshot wound to the head. She is in critical condition, but Dr. Peter Rhee, Trauma Director of the University Medical Center at Tucson, reports he is optimistic for her recovery.

CNN needs to load the press conference already. Thanks to [personal profile] mardia for commenting on what was happening.

Update, 3:22 PM CST

KOLD has identified the man taken into custody.

KOVA is reporting that U.S. District Judge John Roll was among the murdered victims.

Update, 3:47 PM CST

From President Obama, live press conference occuring now:

US District Judge John Roll is confirmed dead.

A child is confirmed dead; the child was nine.

President Obama confirms five dead.

The suspect has been taken into custody.

Representative Gabrielle Gifford has come out of surgery.

President Obama has offered the assistance of the federal government and an investigation is underway.

Ah, the Governor of Arizona is about to speak.

Update, 3:59 PM CST

Governor Brewer is visibly shaken and talks about Representative Gabrielle Gifford's record and her accomplishments. All was prefaced they have no new information at this time.

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I'm watching CNN in shock right now, this is insane. CNN is also reporting that a child was injured as well in the shooting.

Yeah, I have MSNBC live on right now trying to conceptualize this. What the hell just happened? And a kid?

*curls up with you for a while*

This just breaks my heart.

Yeah. It's pretty much that exactly.

This isn't what you expect on a lazy Saturday.

I just. This is terrible and my thoughts are with her, her family and everyone else who has been hurt or killed.

God, but I hope this isn't politically motivated. But I think it might be in vain.

I'm really hoping for a random crazy. Like, a real random crazy, not a political random crazy.

I'm stunned - I'm also less than 10 miles away - I can't believe this is happening here. When was the last time a congressperson was shot at? When was the last time it was a woman? Unbelievable.

I"m not even shocked; there's a wiki page for this: United States Congressmen Wounded or Killed in the Line of Duty. She's the first Congressperson to be the victim of what could be a political assassination, though. The only death was cult related in Guyana before the events of the Jonestown Massacre.

I don't care if you Republican or Democrat stupid people are just stupid!!!!

Hopefully he'll get the death penelty. Yes I do support it :)

Wait, is this real? Sarah Palin putting out a map with gun sights on it including her???!!! http://www.alan.com/2010/03/24/palin-puts-gun-sighs-on-target-map-says-ti/

so much horribleness omg

Yep. Very real. I remember when that first came out.

What a horrible event.

That's about all I can put words together to say.

I know its possible that this is just a random act of craziness, but considering the last elections were filled with talk of " second amendment actions" to taking back the government, its just so sickening and disheartening that this could be a response to that kind of talk....

Yeah. Though his youtube is...I don't even know..

I am following this with a look of horror. The shooter's youtube page. there are also screengrabs from his (now scrubbed) myspace floating on twitter.

..is that for real? *BLANK*

This is so insane. As my partner said, this person is likely as good as dead now, but does that really help any of the victims and does that bring a child back to life?

So hoping the people I work with (remotely) is AZ are okay. I must admit that I freaked when I read about the judge as I work with the judges and attorneys on a near daily basis. Feel the need to check in with my ex who lives/works there as well...

Pretty much this. *sends hugs* Hope everyone is okay.

This is just awful. Sometimes it's hard to believe that this can actually happen until it does.

(I don't have any appropriate icons for this, so please excuse the fandom one)

I jsut realized I'm usign my Christmas bear one, so yeah, there's really no appropriate icon for this.

Breaking news says that her husband has landed in Tuscon.

God. wth. I don't give a damn about Republican or Democrat but the Tea Party? Needs to be prosecuted. Why aren't political figures being prosecuted for hate speech? As someone else on my flist said: When you speak violence, violence comes of it.

OH man, her poor husband and kids. All of those families.