A congresswoman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, six people are dead and 12 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire at an official event Saturday.
Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head when a man opened fire at a Safeway store in Tucson. As of this posting six people, including a Giffords aide, are dead, 12 others, possibly including a federal judge, are injured and Giffords is in surgery, according to reports.
Giffords and her staff were holding a constituent meeting at the Safeway at the time of the shooting.
President Obama will hold a press conference later in the day. He released a statement saying “such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.”
Update: The New York Times reported Sunday that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona remains in critical condition, but doctors said she was able to respond to simple commands a day after she was wounded in the head in a shooting rampage in Tucson.
The New York Times
Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who was gravely wounded in a shooting rampage, remained in critical condition on Sunday but has been able to respond to simple commands, and her doctors described themselves as “cautiously optimistic” about her recovery.
At a news conference at University Medical Center, the congresswoman’s doctors said that she was the only one of the victims of Saturday’s shooting to remain in critical care at the hospital. They said that she was lucky to be alive but would not speculate about the degree of her recovery, which they said could take months or longer.
“When you get shot in the head and a bullet goes through your brain, your chances of living are very small,” said Dr. Peter Rhee, the chief of trauma surgery at University Medical Center, where Ms. Giffords was brought by helicopter from the shooting scene outside a supermarket north of Tucson. “Your chances of waking up and being able to follow commands are even smaller than that,” Dr. Rhee said.
Photo from Rep. Giffords' Facebook page