Gabrielle Giffords; victim of arizona congresswoman shot

The 2011 Tucson shooting happened at 10 a.m. MST on Saturday, January 8, 2011, when 19 people were shot during a Congresswoman's meeting in a Safeway grocery store parking lot in Casas Adobes, near Tucson, Arizona, United States. Six people were killed, including a congressional aide and Federal Judge John McCarthy Roll. U.S. Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at close range and is in critical condition. Twelve to eighteenpeople were wounded. A 22-year-old man named Jared Lee Loughner has been arrested in connection with the shooting

Who is Gabrielle Giffords?

Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords (born June 8, 1970) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and was the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to serve in the U.S. Congress. The district encompasses the southeastern part of the state. It includes all of Cochise County and parts of Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, she is a graduate of Cornell University and Scripps College. Prior to serving in the United States House of Representatives, Giffords served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 until 2003, and the Arizona State Senate from 2003 until 2005, when she resigned to run for the seat held by then-Congressman Jim Kolbe. She also worked as an associate for regional economic development in New York City, and as CEO of El Campo Tire Warehouses, a local automotive chain.

Giffords is serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives, having been reelected in the 2010 midterm elections. Her stance on health care reform and illegal immigration was a source of attention for those opposed to her candidacy, and has made her a recipient of criticism from various conservative groups.

On January 8, 2011, Giffords was one of several people shot at a Safeway supermarket near Tucson, Arizona where she was meeting publicly with constituents. She was taken into emergency surgery, in critical condition from a gunshot wound to the head. A surgeon treating Giffords has commented that he is optimistic about her chance for recovery.

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