Saturday, January 8, 2011
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot in Tucson
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Photo source: GiffordsForCongress.com.
Tucson congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot today in Tucson. She is the wife of astronaut Mark Kelly, the commander for the STS-134 flight scheduled for April 1, 2011.
Giffords was a member of the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics during the last two-year session of Congress.
The White House has released a statement by President Obama:
This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.
We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.
Tucson TV station KVOA reports that "13 other people were shot, and at least 6 are dead after a man opened fire at a 'Congress on your Corner' event, hosted by Giffords, at the shopping center near Oracle and Ina Rd.'
The suspected shooter is in custody.