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January 08, 2011

Fallujah, USA: Rep. Giffords and Six Others Are Dead In Shooting Attack, Including a Child
Hospital Saying She's Still Alive?

It's Now a Mass Murder: Seven dead, including Congresswoman Giffords.

Oh, and a child was killed too. I hope the assholes that post inciting shit on the internet along these lines (while posturing as responsible gun enthusiasts) take notice.


White Guy In Mid-Twenties: According to a witness who saw the (tackled and in-custody) shooter.

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.

20-30 shots, so multiple guns, I think. It didn't sound right to me that 15 shots could be fired and 12 people hit.
...

Rep. Giffords is a Democrat, recently re-elected, so if there's a political motivation here (and their probably is, as she was holding a public event), that almost certainly means this is some guy mistaking himself for a True Patriot.

The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a "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.

At least five other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

This report says she was injured in the attack.

Thanks to rdbrewer.

Other Possibilities: Though I'd bet it was a deranged guy more associated with the right than the left, it could also be a La Raza type who's upset that her fake-border-enforcement position is even fake.

Shot In The Head? This report from the Tucson Citizen says she was shot in the head.

A commenter has said she's actually dead. I'm looking for updates; I don't know that. I'm behind on this, obviously. The commenter has retracted that "dead" statement and says it was an inference based upon the fact she was shot in the head at point blank range (see updates below), so that's likely to be a fatal wound.

Updates: Miss Marple, scouring Fox and Twitter, reports thus:

Information on Twitter and on Fox: 12 people shot according to Fox. Congresswoman Gifford shot in the head at point blank range.





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