Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in Arizona, was on Palin's infamous "target" map (Updated)


UPDATE, 11:59AM PT: Tucson, AZ University Medical Center on CNN: Gifford is alive, and in surgery. "I can confirm that she was shot in the head," said a hospital spokesperson. Among the shooting victims in critical condition, one child was shot.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was among the estimated 15 or more victims of a shooting outside a Safeway store in Tucson, Arizona within the past hour. So far, 15 are reported wounded, 6 dead. Details are still coming in, but what has been reported so far: she was "shot point blank in the head," the assailant(s) fired some 15 or more shots into the crowd, and this took place at a "town hall" sort of event during where Giffords was speaking to her constituents. One shooter is reported to be alive and in custody.

Early news reports: NPR, NYT, CNN, Tucson Citizen.

Above, a tweet the congresswoman published just before the gathering began.

Also: "Congresswoman Giffords is married to astronaut Mark Kelly, making her the only current member of Congress to have a spouse who is a member of the Armed Forces, and the only member of Congress to ever have a spouse in space." Kelly is the Commander of Space Shuttle Mission STS-134.

Gifford was among those in Arizona whose offices were targeted with vandalism and threats during the health care debate in 2009.
(via @nytjim)

Giffords was also one of the lawmakers Sarah Palin "set her sights on" in the Palin PAC infographic below ( The congresswoman and others are targeted with simulated gun sights on a map of the United States.
(thanks, @niftyjames)

UPDATE, 12:11PM PT: Sarah Palin has issued a statement here.


Source: Sarah Palin's TAKE BACK THE 20 website.

Below, Rep. Giffords' opponent ran this ad during the election cycle: