Reuters: The 40-year-old Democratic lawmaker was in critical condition and doctors were cautiously optimistic she would survive. The suspected gunman was in federal custody as investigators sought a motive in the rare shooting of a U.S. lawmaker and looked for a possible accomplice.The Forward reports:
The suspect, identified as Jared Lee Loughner, 22, opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol at point-blank range outside a supermarket on Saturday afternoon. He was tackled by two bystanders after the shooting.
Among the dead were a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. Twelve other people were wounded in the shooting rampage.
Giffords, 40, is a member of the powerful Committee on Armed Services, on the
Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Science and Technology. A
third-generation Arizonan, she is part of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog and
New Democrat coalitions.
She is a vocal advocate for renewable energy, particularly solar energy, and has said improving security along the U.S.-Mexico border is among her top priorities. She is also a supporter of Israel, and is considered a safe pro-Israel vote in the House.
Wishing her a speedy, and full recovery.
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