Arizona Rep. Giffords Shot, six dead, 12 wounded

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.

Gifford’s was among at least 10 people wounded, and the hospital said her outlook was “optimistic” and that she was responding to commands from doctors despite having a bullet go through her head. The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the dead and United State Federal Chief Judge John Roll was also fatally shot in the attack.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said, “Congresswoman Gifford’s has always been a valuable partner to ICE in our shared effort to serve the nation and we pray for her recovery. All of us at ICE condemn this senseless act of violence and join the American people in seeking justice for the victims of this horrific act.”

Vice President Joe Biden also issued a statement asking for prayer for each of the victims and for their families and their loved ones. “We do not yet know the motivation behind these shooting, Biden said. “But what we do know is that there is simply no justification, no rationale for such senseless and appalling violence in our society.”

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