Wall Street Journal wrote:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, along with a federal judge and 16 others were shot outside a Safeway in Tucson in a shooting spree that left six dead, local law enforcement officials said.
Local hospital officials said that Ms. Giffords, 40, had survived a gunshot wound to the head after emergency surgery and was likely to recover. The shooting occurred Saturday morning during a "Congress on Your Corner" event that the lawmaker was holding in her district.
Two law-enforcement officials confirmed that Tucson's chief federal judge, John Roll, was also shot at the scene and killed. Judge Roll had ruled on a number of heated immigration cases in the southern part of Arizona, which includes Ms. Giffords's district.
A spokesman at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Dr. Peter Rhee, said Ms. Giffords had completed surgery and she was being transferred to intensive care. "I am very optimistic about her recovery," he said, adding that the bullet had gone straight through her head.
Dr. Rhee said that 10 patients were being treated at the hospital, and that five of them were in critical condition. In addition, he said, a child who was brought to the hospital had died of gunshot wounds.
President Obama held a press conference to address the shooting in Tucson, Arizona that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed Judge John Roll along with several bystanders.
Police said they were holding the suspected gunman, who they described as a white male, born in 1988. A police report identified the man as Jared Lee Loughner.
The U.S. Army said in a statement that Mr. Loughner had tried to join the Army but was turned away. "The Army has confirmed that the suspect was never in the Army," the spokesman said. "He attempted to enlist in the Army but was rejected for service. In accordance with the Privacy Act, we will not discuss why he was rejected."
I have several comments for now.
- There is no room for violence in U.S. politics.
- I can understand emotional statements coming from the family of Rep. Giffords. They are in pain, and my heart goes out to them.
- Shame on those who attempt to make political hay from the acts of a coward. As with most cases like this, the perp is a very disturbed individual.
Yes, I believe in the expression "Never waste a crisis." And in the spirit of that idea, I say...
God be with you, Rep Giffords.
May you rest in peace, Judge Roll.
And may the lives of all those affected bask in the support of those around them.