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UPDATE Gunman wounds congresswoman kills six others

first_imgThe U.S. Capitol Police force is advising members of the House and their aides to “take reasonable and prudent precautions” about their own security in the wake of a congresswoman’s shooting in Arizona.In an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press, the Capitol Police say they are directly involved in the investigation of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.The notice says federal, state and local law enforcement authorities are involved in the investigation.-The Associated PressThe Washington PostTUCSON, Ariz. – The surgeon who operated on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., said he was “optimistic” she would recover from being shot in the head Saturday by a man with a semi-automatic weapon outside a grocery store.Six others at the congressional outreach event did not.Federal law enforcement sources said that John Roll, the senior U.S. district judge in Arizona, was shot and killed in the incident. The Pima County Sheriff’s Office said that five others including a 9-year-old child had died, and 18 people were injured. Earlier in the afternoon, CNN and NPR reported that Giffords had died.In brief public remarks, President Barack Obama said he had dispatched FBI director Robert Mueller to the scene.“We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society,” Obama said. “I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”last_img

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