Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head this morning at a public event near a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. Others were wounded as well. She is apparently in surgery at the moment.
The suspect is apparently twenty-one years old and in custody. Others reportedly risked their lives to stop the gunman from inflicting more pain. There is no evidence at this moment as to a possible motive for the shooting. Giffords was recently elected to serve her third-term in Congress. We’ll update as more information becomes available.
Update: A press conference was just held at the Arizona hospital treating Congresswoman Giffords. Doctors say she’s in critical condition and, at this point, they’re optimistic she’ll pull through. There are news reports that at least 18 people were injured, and five have died, including a nine-year-old child and federal judge John Roll. Roll was appointed by President George H.W. Bush. Police confirm that they have a suspect in custody and have identified him as 22-year-old Jared Loughner. More information and updates here, here, and here.
Michelle Malkin has more here.