This is horrible news. Let’s hope this isn’t a politically motivated attack:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot at Grocery Store Event
At Least 12 People Reportedly Wounded in Shooting at Grocery Store
By DEVIN DWYER and DEAN SCHABNER | Jan. 8, 2011
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank rang today outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store where she was holding a campaign event, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
Giffords was among as many as 12 people reportedly wounded in the shooting, and according to Congressional sources, several people on the Deomcrat’s staff were among the wounded . .
Federal law enforcement sources said the shooter appears to be in custody, but they are still treating the incident as an active crime scene.
Giffords, a Democrat, was holding a “Congress on Your Corner” event today at a Safeway supermarket in northwest Tucson.
Updates now report she died along with several others. At least three different sources reported that Giffords had died as a result of her wounds but were all incorrect. The bullet entered her temple and exited her forehead. After surgery, she is recovering in intensive care at University of Arizona Hospital. Six other people, unfortunately, have died.
We have no choice but to wonder if there were political motivations. Arizona has become a politically charged state, what with the SB 1070 and the resultant angry right-wing appreciation it’s gotten for going after immigrants. Giffords ran against a Tea Party candidate, Jesse Kelly, who is a gun nut. Jesse was happy to “target” Giffords:
. . Jesse Kelly held a June 12 gun event that was billed as follows on the Pima County Republican website:
Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shoot a fully automatic M15 with Jesse Kelly
Idiots like Sarah Palin have made hay with wingnuts using exactly this sort of bullet-politics. This graphic is taken directly from Palin’s webpage [via Firedoglake]:
The threats weren’t just bull talk: Giffords’ office got vandalized just after the healthcare reform vote:
Rep. Giffords’ Tucson office vandalized after health care vote
By Rhonda Bodfield Arizona Daily Star | Monday, March 22, 2010
The front door was smashed out at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ congressional office last night.
At 2:40 a.m., just a few hours after staff left the building after the late-night vote, the alarm system went off, said spokesman C.J. Karamargin. The panel to the front door and the glass panel alongside it were smashed out. The perpetrator likely had to hop the gated fence to get access to the door, since it’s not viewable from the parking lot.
Karamargin said it was unclear if the glass had been shot out with a kind of pellet gun, if it had been kicked or smashed with an object . .