UPDATED- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords SHOT In Arizona, along with others. MSNBC: Expected to pull through. Federal judge killed.

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VIDEO from MSNBC interviewing Rep. Giffords in March 2010, after Sarah Palin "targeted" her district seat.

MSNBC talks to Rep. Gabrielle Gifford about the death threats, vandalism and harassments. Aired 3/25/10.

“Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.”

H/t: KatieAnnieOakley

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UPDATE: MSNBC... GIFFORDS EXPECTED TO PULL THRU: PER DEPUTY CITY MANAGER! Name of Gunman: Jared Loughner, 22. He is from Arizona, a U.S. citizen. He used a pistol with an extended magazine, has had run-ins with the law in the past.

UPDATE, Press Conference: 5 in critical, 5 in stable condition as of now, per news conference. 10 patients received, one patient, 9 year old child, is dead. Some in surgery. Giffords in critical condition, but doctor is "optimistic" about recovery. She is following commands, shot once through the head, brain. Not sure of "what kind of recovery", but very optimistic considering. Under anesthesia now. Next 24 hours will tell more.

At least 13 people were injured. One suspect in custody.

UPDATE: Rep. Raul M. Grijalva today released the following statement on the shooting of his colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona:

"I am sickened by the horrific attack in Tucson today and saddened by this senseless violence. This is a tragedy for Arizona, our nation, and our democracy. Gabrielle never let fear or intimidation prevent her from serving the people of Arizona. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her husband Mark, her staff, all those who were injured, and their families."

Rodney Glassman's statement:

I am shocked by today's tragic events. On behalf of my family, we are praying for Gabrielle and the other victims of today's senseless violence. Gabrielle Giffords is a great asset to Southern Arizona and on a more personal note, a friend and colleague that I greatly respect.

I ask all Arizonans to join me in a prayer for Gabrielle Giffords. To my Democratic colleagues, I urge caution in placing blame. We must wait for the facts before pointing fingers. To my fellow citizens on the other side of the political aisle, I ask that you stand strong, shoulder to shoulder, with your Democratic friends against dangerous, violent rhetoric that threatens our democracy.

Your Friend,

Rodney

UPDATE: Comments from Sarah Palin's Facebook page:


The second one was grabbed by a Twitter pal and is now gone, from what I can tell. The other I screen grabbed. UPDATE: I'm being told that the second one could be a forgery, that it doesn't match his usual stream. Fair is fair. UPDATE #2: To clarify, evidence is lacking as to whether Kerr's comment has been forged or is actually his. I have had a reputable journalist verify that she did see it up at Palin's Facebook page, but it seems to have been pulled... which gives credence to its being a fake. And it does make me wonder who might have chosen to use his name to communicate such a vile message. I cannot verify either way.

UPDATE: Looks like it wasn't a forgery after all, but a decent guy who made an error in judgment:

UPDATE: This was reported by Local AZ press, whether true or not. So much has been wrong, but that happens when news is breaking: Second suspect arrested in Gibbons shooting and a third is being sought.

PLEASE NOTE: I AM EDITING THE BLOG TITLE AS NEWS COMES IN.

UPDATE: Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, Statement:

“I am deeply saddened by reports that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Chief Judge John Roll and others were attacked this afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. There is no place in our society or discourse for such senseless and unconscionable acts of violence. Gabby is a steadfast representative for southern Arizona and both she and John are dedicated public servants.”

UPDATE: Paddy just heard Shep Smith interview AZ State Senator Lopez, close friend of Giffords'.  Lopez was talking about tea party and threats made toward Giffords in the last election; she had a tea party opponent... said horrible things were written about her on signs all over the city. Smith asked about shooter, and was told, not confirmed, the shooter was a veteran of the Afghan War. State Senator confirmed the shooter yelled something as he was shooting, didn't know what he said.

Per Keith Olbermann, she is out of surgery.

MSNBC: The shooter is in his 20s, came up from behind, shot her in the head. Got off at least 20 rounds...

UPDATE, from Palin's Facebook page:

On the tragedy in Arizona My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona.    On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.

UPDATE: CNN interview, hospital spokesperson confirms Giffords is alive, in surgery, shot in head. Others being treated, too.

UPDATE: Sheriff on MSNBC says Congresswoman Giffords is in critical condition but still ALIVE. Reports say she was shot in the head. MSNBC is now confirming that she is alive and in surgery.

NPR, CNN now reporting about "conflicting" accounts.

UPDATE: NPR is reporting her death. R.I.P.

What is this country coming to:

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, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

She was hospitalized, and her condition is unknown as of now. At least 5 others were hurt.

She was at a grocery store for an event. At a damned grocery store.

A man, who ran up and just started randomly shooting, was taken into custody.

UPDATE: Per CNN, 12 were shot, including staff. It's called "pretty serious." She's only 40 years old.

UPDATE: H/t: YesBiscuit on Twitter: She was on Palin's "target" map. How are those Second Amendment Remedies workin' for ya, Sarah?

UPDATE: Per a report on CNN, the shooter has not been apprehended. So we have conflicting reports. They are also reporting that there are fatalities. 15-20 shots were fired, all at once, no pauses.

UPDATE, h/t: rollingingraves... Fox's Greta Van Susteren didn't miss a chance to exploit this:

UPDATE: Need proof about GOP/Palin incitement?

Go here, here, and here.

UPDATE: President Obama's statement:

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.

H/t: JamieHarbor

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  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Typical Rush fan. "your" begins a sentence with no punctuation and bad
    English. Good job, Rick!

  • rick all

    your nuts limbaugh doing a great job uncovering what government trying to screw us over. good job rush!

  • Pplawnshark

    Get your facts check his profile on youtube he is about as right wing as the unabomber.Both judge and congesswoman were 2nd amendment and she was highly criticised by her own party for being so. Maybe the white house was sending a message to those who oppose their agenda just as creditable as your statement.

  • Pplawnshark

    You all should be ashamed, always using a tragedy and turning it political. The killer could have been a gay black male and you would still use it for political garb. If you look at his profile other then having a gun he was a liberal radical. The Judge was a conservative Congress woman was disowned for opposing some Dem. Ideals. Hey but just like your white house said cant waste a good crises. Here is a list of his books on his profile Books:
    I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno

  • Pplawnshark

    The killer was a lefty he killed a 2nd amendment judge and congess woman. You people are idiots look at the books he read keep trying to spew your down with free speach and 2nd amendment. Wake up

  • Marnie

    And her minions are deleting negative comments on her Twitter and FB so St. Sarah won't see anything but adulation.

  • Marnie

    The physician described her wound as "through and through" meaning it went through the skull into the brain and exited through the skull.
    Typically these types of wounds are devastating (see JFK). When the bullet enters it explodes bone fragments into the brain, punching a larger path through the soft brain tissue that the entry point would indicate, as the bullet is about to impact the inside of the skull to punch it's way out, shock waves that the bullet pushes in front of it spread out and destroying a wider areas of tissue than the straight line of the path of the bullet, so that when the bullet punches a large section of skull outward as it exits it carries destroyed brain tissue with it (again see KFK Zapruder film).
    Though Giffords may survive, unless the bullet only pierced a small part of her brain, I fear for her ability to be intellectually whole.

  • Snitch-In-Time

    So the only real hate here is a blog post by a liberal caught (dare I say "red handed"?) trying to defame conservatives through an act agent provocateurism. Typical MO of the left. My guess the gunman was a secular liberal with classic left wing Marxist and left wing Fascist views. When all you insane liberals get done trying to find a tenuous link to the Tea Party you might examine your own hands for the telltale spot.

  • guest

    sorry ..supposed to read.....one (1) 9 year-old child

  • guest

    I'm in Phoenix.....here's a heads up.......18 shot--6 killed (confirmed) including 1 Federal Judge and 1 9 year-old child.....Congresswoman Gifford is alive and is reported stable. Suspect was caught at the scene by a bystander---Jared Lee Loughner, 22 (confirmed) is in custody......
    nothing else has been confirmed including rumors of other suspects......
    and we wait with a sad, heavy heart for more information.

  • Theresa

    It's time to realize that Beck, Palin, Limbaugh are traitors of the United States and should be punished by the strongest measures of law.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    It was reported. But then, so was a lot of stuff.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    It was reported. But then, so was a lot of stuff.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Thanks, Padlock!

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Thanks, Padlock!

  • BGVA

    That is a damn shame, and what's so sad is that people will still support Sarah for president next year. How you could let such an evil hatemonger lead this country is beyond me. I pray for a quick recovery for Rep. Giffords and others injured.

    Thanks for the updates, but just one correction. You have "second suspect arrested in Gibbons shooting". Just a heads up. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Who would have thought that between her and her husband, her job would be more dangerous?

  • Anonymous

    May I applaud my co-editor in the tireless work she is doing covering this horrible event? Brava Gotta!!

  • http://www.bubbleidiots.blogspot.com H M Bascom

    I am horrified but not surprised. Many of us have been sounding the alarm for two years that Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the whole of Fox News were seemingly advocating violence by using violent rhetoric.

    Sarah Palin's Take Back the 20 website has been scrubbed and the last time I checked it was down completely. If she bears no responsibility then why scrub the site? She knows what she did.

  • Walt

    The irresponsi­ble, irrational­, fear and hate mongering rhetoric that has been coming from the extremist right through their politician­s, and their media (specifica­lly people like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage) are part of the blame for this horrific tragic incident.

    Their vile messaging has done nothing but tear this country apart. And until this starts to be acknowledg­ed by a responsibl­e media and our leaders, you will see more unhinged home grown terrorists trying to commit murder in the name of patriotism­. They all have blood on their hands... including the tea party... who don't have fucking clue.

  • lexcade

    omg that is sickening. just the circled upcoming events description. i may be physically ill.

  • Anon

    I knew that Palin would incite violence, ever since the presidential campaign when she had the people yelling kill Obama, but this one she cannot deny, since she had this lady in the cross hairs.

  • Lisalways

    Inciting violence as a TV host or Political 'figure' should be a crime. I think many people have feared something of this nature would take place eventually because of all the techniques used by the likes of Palin, Beck, Hannity,Limbaugh etc... This is a travesty, and I fear it will only get worse. What Palin and gang have done for the past few yrs is hate speech IMO, and there is a price to pay for it IE: Jail.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this is the last. This is so sad.

  • HarborGuy

    THIS is exactly what many of us have been waiting for to happen...

    On and on and on...Fox News, Hate Radio, Hannity, Beck, O'Reily, Limpdong, Republicans, Tea Haters, Murdoch, KKKoch Brothers, DicKKK Armey, St. Palin...all of them have created this by pushing, pushing, pushing the crazies and stupid.

    Terrible.

    And not to be the last.