Terror Alert Level

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Member of Congress, Shot, Wounded. Three Dead

This is horrifying.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing her aide, a child and a federal judge. Several others were injured, some critically, during a rampage that rattled the nation.

Giffords was among scores wounded, and the hospital said her outlook was "optimistic" and that she was responding to commands from doctors. The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the killed, and a federal judge was also fatally shot in the attack.

The 22 year old gunman is in custody. Giffords has been the target of harassment and vandalism in the past, but I'm hoping this is just some random loon, and not politically motivated.

UPDATE: There may be a connection to the White Supremacy movement. (via Spork)

UPDATE: Evidence that the attack was planned, premeditated. Tenuous link to the white supremacy movement appears to be fading.

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