1:07 PM Update: Rep. Giffords survived shooting; out of surgery and in ICU
Please keep the family of U.S. Rep. Giffords and the families of those others injured or killed in your prayers.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot today, according to NPR and other sources, and has been taken by life flight to a hospital in the Tuscon area. Giffords is a supporter of President Obama's health care reform package which the new GOP majority in the House hopes to repeal. Her office was vandalized after she voted in favor of the legislation last spring. Several members of her staff were also injured in the attack today which occurred outside a "Meet Your Congressperson" type event at a Safeway. Please keep Rep. Giffords and all those involved in your prayers. No known reason for the attack has been given but the media is reporting that the gunman is in custody.
Update: Rep. Giffords, who won re-election, was on Sarah Palin's 2010 "hit list." The former governor wrote of Giffords and 19 others: ""We’re going to fire them and send them back to the private sector, which has been shrinking thanks to their destructive government-growing policies ... We’ll aim for these races and many others. This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington." Palin's Facebook page included a map with with a gun crosshair over Gifford's district.