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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and an unknown number of others were wounded today when an assailant sprayed bullets into an area in Tucson, US.

The lawmaker was meeting with constituents, congressional officials said.

These officials said one of the victims died soon after the attack, and others were taken to a nearby hospital.

The officials said the wounded included some of Gifford’s aides who were with her at the time.

They said the FBI and local law enforcement were investigating the attack, which took place while Giffords was greeting constituents outside a grocery store.

Giffords was on Republican Sarah Palin’s “gun target” map on her website. Reports are suggesting that the site has now been taken down. 

Giffords, 40, was re-elected to her third term last November. She was a member of the Arizona House and Senate before coming to Washington.

She first won election to Congress amid a wave of Democratic victories in 2006. In November, she edged a tea party favorite.

There are conflicting reports about whether she was killed. Reuters are reporting that she is still alive and currently in surgery.

The suspect ran off and was tackled by a bystander. He was taken into custody. Witnesses described him as in his late teens or early 20s.

Giffords is married to astronaut Mark Kelly, a veteran of Desert Storm. They have two children.

Read the details in The Washington Post.

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