Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dark days

In Arizona this morning:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has reportedly been shot in the head at point blank range at an event in her district.

The incident took place in the parking lot of Safeway in Tuscon where Giffords was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event. The first 911 call came in at 10:11 local time, according to the Pima County sheriff's office. Local news confirmed that there were 5 dead at 3:34 ET. In a 4:00 ET press conference, UMC trauma surgeon Peter Rhee confirmed that they had received a total of 10 victims, one of whom had died, five of whom were in surgery and 5 of whom were in critical condition. Giffords, he said, was shot once in the head "through and through" but was responding to commands and had made it through surgery. Rhee said he was optimistic that she could recover.

The deceased victim at UMN, Rhee said, was a child.

Also from Talking Points Memo:
A federal judge was killed in the same incident in which Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot on Saturday morning.

A federal law enforcement official first confirmed to TPM that a federal judge was shot. The U.S. Marshals Service is on the scene of the shooting, the federal official told TPM. The Marshals Service employees responded to the scene after the shooting, the official said.

WNBC reporter Jonathan Dienst confirmed Roll was killed. A statement from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement that Roll had been attacked.

Roll faced death threats in 2009 after presiding over a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit, the Arizona Republic reported:
When Roll ruled the case could go forward, Gonzales said talk-radio shows cranked up the controversy and spurred audiences into making threats.

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