Today, U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff and innocent bystanders were shot by a gunman outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords was holding a meet and greet with constituents when the gunman shot her point blank in the head and then fired on the rest of the crowd. A federal judge was killed, as were at least four other people, including a 9-year-old girl. Congresswoman Giffords and several other people are reported to be in serious or critical condition. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner of Tucson, is in custody.
Our thoughts are with the families of all those killed and injured today in this horrible tragedy.