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U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot attending public event in Arizona, up to twelve others injured

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Congreswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has
been shot outside of public event in Arizona
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UPDATE-MSNBC is reporting at 3:10 pm EST that Congresswoman Giffords has sustained critical injuries, reported shot in the head. Up to twelve others attendees of event, including members of the Congresswoman staff, are reported to be injured. 


The station is also reporting that a Federal Judge has also been shot at the event. The suspect in the shooting is a white male in his early to mid 20's, identified as Jared Lee Loughner, age 22.


Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) of has reportedly been shot outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday. 
MSNBC updated their initial report at 1:40 pm EST on January 8th, at 2:02 pm EST that up to twelve people attending the event have been injured, including some individuals on Representative Giffords staff.
Representative Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in Congress in November 2010, was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, as being reported by Arizona Public Media.
Representative Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. MSNBC has reported at 2:02 pm EST that the Congresswoman has been shot in the head. In addition, she was transported to emergency care via a medical helicopter. 
Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, MSNBC stated. According to other witnesses, he was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody.
Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona's 8th District in 2006. The "Congress on Your Corner" events allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.
This story will be updated as news continues to break on the Representative Gillfords condition.
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