The big story across the country, right now, is that of a Congresswoman shot and at least five people killed this morning in Arizona when a gunman opened fire on an event. Authorities say Democrat Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents outside a grocery store when gunfire erupted. The Congresswoman was hit in the head and is in critical condition. A federal judge and a young girl are said to be among those killed with several more injured. Here's more on the story.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and gravely wounded at a Saturday morning event with constituents in her home district of Tucson, Arizona. Doctors say she was in critical condition and out of surgery a few hours after the shooting. Dr. Peter Rhee, a surgeon affirms her condition as very positive because she was following commands. She was shot one time in the head through and through. Giffords' husband, astronaut and space shuttle veteran Mark Kelly, flew back to Tucson to be at his wife's side. Giffords is a fiscally conservative Democrat who was just reelected in a close race "It's not surprising that today Gabby was doing what she always does listening to the hopes and concerns of neighbors." President Obama called her shooting an unspeakable tragedy. "Five people lost their lives in this tragedy. Among them were a federal judge, John Roll, who has served America's legal system for almost 40 years, and a young girl, who was barely nine years old." More than a dozen people were injured. Five were said to be in critical condition. Police say the suspect was a 22-year-old man armed with a pistol and using an extended magazine. Authorities were executing several search warrants, but have no word on a motive. Brian Mooar, NBC news.
Right now, sheriff officials in Arizona say they have two suspects in the shooting. One of them has been identified as 22 year old Jared Loughner. Meanwhile, the shooting has brought together politicians from both sides of the political aisle who are expressing shock and offering their prayers for the Congresswoman's recovery.
And among those Congressmen is our local Representative, Henry Cuellar who tells us he worked with Gifford on several committees. He added that after a tough election she rushed home to that event where the shooting occurred to listen to her constituents' concerns.
Henry Cuellar makes the following statement:
"She is a good lady. It's very sad. There is anger out there in some parts of the country. We have to make sure that we keep our political discourse at a civil manner and tone because it's not good for our country to have situations like this. Reports show this was an anti-government individual and what he did was absolutely wrong. It's a tragic day for all of us in Congress."
Back here at home, Mayor Raul Salinas says politicians on the border are also feeling the after math of this Arizona shooting, since they too are no strangers to threats.
Mayor Raul Salinas comments, "Something has to be done to diminish the anger [and] see why we can't get along, and listen to each other and agree to disagree."
Reporter: "When you receive threats, does it affect the way you do your job?"
Mayor: "Yes. As a former FBI, you change your habits. Unfortunately, when someone wants to harm you, they will do it."