This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tuscon, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded. We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers. – Pres. Barack Obama
Democratic Congresswoman Giffords was reportedly shot and killed, along with 6 others. However, other reports, including her spokesperson, say she’s in surgery. Clearly there is confusion all ’round at this point.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a public event in Tucson on Saturday. There are conflicting reports about whether she was killed.
The Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office told member station KJZZ the 40-year-old Democrat was killed. At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were injured.
Giffords, who was re-elected to a third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.
Giffords was among several lawmakers harassed for supporting the healthcare bill.
SarahPalinPac “targeted” Giffords in their “It’s time to take a stand” campaign. SarahPalinPac servers were down and the target graphic has been scrubbed from the website. On Facebook, Mrs. Palin has issued a statement, with comments negative comments finally being deleted, though not fast enough. This
deleted tweet from Sarah Palin is part of the problem.
UPDATE 1: MSNBC reports Rep. Giffords pulled through surgery, expected to survive. Jared Loughner 22 year-old gunman in custody.
UPDATE 3: This YouTube is allegedly Jared Loughner’s creation. It’s quite weird, to say the least.
UPDATED 4: From HuffPo’s Stein:
The most illustrative window is Loughner’s YouTube account, which appears to be hub of anti-government zealotry, obsession over currency and language standards, and, to put it bluntly, outright paranoia.
“In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution, I can’t trust the current government because of the ratifications: the government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar,” he writes in one video posting. “No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver! No! I won’t trust in God!”Here is a link to Loughner’s YouTube site.
There are also some biographical details that can be culled from the page. Loughner attended Mountain View High School, Northwest Aztec Middle College, and Pima Community College. He also appears to have been in the armed forces, at one point in time.
“Every United States Military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix is receiving one mini bible before the tests,” he writes in one video. “Jared Loughner is a United States Military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix Therefore, Jared Loughner is receiving one mini bible before the tests.”
UPDATE 5: BECK ON 1/4 TELLS HIS VIEWERS THIS:
We cannot as a nation survive much longer. We must take a page from our own history at the Alamo and “draw a line in the sand.” We must decide who we are, what we are capable of and look to the heavens to chart our course.
UPDATE 6: SEN MCCAIN ISSUES POTENT STATEMENT:
“I am horrified by the violent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many other innocent people by a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion. I pray for Gabby and the other victims, and for the repose of the souls of the dead and comfort for their families. I beg our loving Creator to spare the lives of those who are still alive, heal them in body and spirit, and return them to their loved ones.
“Whoever did this; whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law.”
U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales confirmed to the Associated Press that the U.S. District Judge had died. He offered no other details on the shooting.
Arizona Central talked to Gonzales in 2009 after Roll allowed a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit to proceed against a local rancher. The case was filed by illegal immigrants and drew the ire of local talk radio hosts, who “spurred audiences into making threats.”
In one afternoon, Roll logged more than 200 phone calls. Callers threatened the judge and his family. They posted personal information about Roll online.
“They said, ‘We should kill him. He should be dead,’ ” Gonzales said.
UPDATED 8: Official picture from the Situation Room, the first with William Daley present:
TM.COM NOTE: This post has been edited from Texan4Hillary’s “In the News” original post, additional text provided by Taylor Marsh; updates by Texan4Hillary.