UPDATE, 12:57 p.m., CST, Jan. 8, 2011: Jason Pekau, an employee of a Sprint store near the Safeway grocery store where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot, tells CNN by phone that he sees at least two dead bodies covered in sheets at the scene. He says he heard 15 to 20 shots in rapid succession. He also quotes an unidentified policeman saying that six people were killed in the shooting. Other reports indicate that a suspect was tackled as he tried to run from the scene, and that at least 12 people were shot.
UPDATE, 12:53 p.m., CST, Jan. 8, 2011: NPR reports Giffords was shot in the head.
Call me unfair. I may be completely wrong. But a Blue Dog Democratic Congresswoman is shot in Arizona. Does anyone else’s mind flash immediately to the incendiary, teary-eyed and panic-stricken Glenn Beck?
Early reports of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are sketchy. No one has yet reported a condition on any victims, which number anywhere from five to 12, including several of Giffords’ staffers.
Giffords, 40, won election in 2006 as the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S Congress.