TUCSON, Ariz. – A United States Congresswoman was shot in the head -- and her aide was killed -- when a gunman opened fire Saturday outside a grocery store.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot through the head, according to doctors, who remain "optimistic" that she will survive a brazen attack that also left a 9-year-old boy and a federal judge dead.
Besides four confirmed deaths, at least 10 individuals were wounded at the public event, according to the Associated Press.
Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin said an unspecified number of her staff members were injured in the shooting, says AP. Congressional officials said an aide to the Democrat was killed, but few details were released about the staff members.
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The AP Reports: "Police say the shooter was in custody, and was identified by people familiar with the investigation as Jared Loughner, 22. Pima County Sheriff's officials said he used a pistol to carry out the rampage. U.S. officials who provided his name to the AP spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release it publicly.
"The shooting prompted an outpouring of sympathy from politicians and people around the country. President Barack Obama called the shooting 'an unspeakable tragedy' and that such 'a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.'"