Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, 40, of Arizona, was shot in the head outside of a grocery store in Tucson where she was holding a public event. She is in critical condition, but survived the shooting and subsequent surgery.
The Democratic representative was re-elected to her third term in Congress in November. She was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Safeway in Tuscon when a gunman ran up and started shooting. Giffords was talking to a couple when the gunman ran up and fired from about four feet away.
Initial reports suggest that at least nine, and possibly up to twelve people were also hurt. Giffords was shot in the head, and was immediately transported to University Medical Center in Tuscon. She, and six others, were killed in the gunfire.
The shooting suspect ran off and was tackled by a bystander and taken into police custody. Witnesses say he was in his late teens or early 20s.
Giffords' "Congress on Your Corner" events allowed her constituents to discuss their concerns with her in person.
In a weird twist, Giffords was one of the 20 "targeted" congressional representatives identified by Sarah Palin that appeared on this infamous map. She was one of 20 congressional reps that voted for the controversial healthcare bill in a district that was carried by Republicans during 2008.