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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in Tucson

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in Tucson

Any word on this? CNN has a small story, but my aunt was on scene for it and said a congresswoman was killed, which wasn't mentioned in CNN's article.
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Re: Tucson shooting

Now it says Gabrielle Giffords was the one shot (and killed, at least per my aunt).
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Re: Tucson shooting

CNN just updated with inclusion of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as one of 12 people shot.
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Re: Tucson shooting

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head according to this report.
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Yahoo has this as a Breaking News banner, but it doesn't lead to a story yet
Reports: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, staff, shot at event in Tuscon, Ariz.
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Aunt's story was she arrived right after the shooting and held one of the victims until the victim bled out and died. She said the congresswoman's body was still there covered with a sheet when she was released.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Tucson

NPR says the congresswoman and 6 others are dead

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132764...hot-in-arizona
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Tucson

I've changed the thread title and moved it to Politics and World Events.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

This is absolutely tragic.

Prayers for comfort to the families.
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I've changed the thread title and moved it to Politics and World Events.
Thank you.

This is appalling.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

Terrible news.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

I heard they caught the guy.

This is really sad
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

That is really sad. Glad someone in the crowd tackled the guy as he was leaving.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

Gawker has a story from a witness

The event was very informal: Gifford had set up a table outside the Safeway and about 20-30 people were gathered to talk to her. The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Gifford in the head first. According to Rayle, who is a former ER doctor, Gifford was able to move her hands after being shot.

After shooting Gifford, the gunman opened fire indiscriminately for a few seconds, firing 20-30 rounds and hitting a number of people, including a kid no older than 10 years old. Rayle hid behind a concrete pole and pretended to be dead. When the gunman apparently ran out of ammunition he attempted to flee, but a member of Gifford's staff tackled him. Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-to-20 minutes later. The EMS came about 30 minutes later. Rayle said he was "stunned" by how long it took medical help to arrive.

The gunman was young, mid-to-late 20s, white, clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing and said nothing during the shooting or while being held down, although he struggled at first. He didn't look like a businessman, but more of a "fringe character," Rayle said. The sheriff's department arrived, arrested the gunman and cordoned off the parking lot.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

The hospital is saying she's still alive and in surgery.

1 child was killed
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

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The hospital is saying she's still alive and in surgery.
I just heard that too.




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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated In Tucson

This is truly terrible news. While searching the internet for more information, I came across this story, which has completely confounded me:

Arizona Congresswoman Shot, Married To Astronaut

How on earth is this relevant to what just happened?
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I have the CNN app on my phone set to go off with updates. It has been going off like crazy.

That is a terrible situation. Very sad. I've worked Tuscon before. It is not a terribly small town. No nothing like Phoenix, but I can't understand why it took so long to get help. If that part is true.
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What a senseless tragedy.
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I hope the doctors are able to save her.

I hope they find out why the gunman did this, and I hope that it turns out to be something non-political.
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I bet no other reps will be trying to meet their constituents like this again.

Rep Raul Grijalva(of AZ) is live on CNN now saying they shouldn't do this, meet with them like this, any more.
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Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-to-20 minutes later. The EMS came about 30 minutes later. Rayle said he was "stunned" by how long it took medical help to arrive.
That is fucking unbelievable. I hope the guy's sense of time is fucked up, otherwise heads need to roll.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot (possibly assassinated) In Tucson

Lots of buzz about this going on:

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Horrible news. Sounds, though, that she's still alive and going into surgery.
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Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot (possibly assassinated) In Tucson

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Lots of buzz about this going on:

Only 30 minutes longer than I thought it would take. I was expecting more Tea Party blame though.
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