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UPDATE: Condition of Congresswoman Giffords

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giffords3 UPDATE: Condition of Congresswoman Giffords

Giffords with husband, Capt. Mark Kelly

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) was shot during a public appearance outside a Tucson grocery store this morning.

At a mid-day press conference, Gifford’s doctor says he is “very optimistic about recovery.”  The Congresswoman was shot in the head at point-blank-range.

At least two people died in the attack, Federal Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl.

Giffords was first elected in 2006. She has served as chairwoman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and also holds seats on the House Science and Technology and Armed Services committees.

She won her third term in a closely contested race against a Tea Party-sponsored candidate and was one of three Democrat legislators who reported vandalism at their offices following the March vote on health care reform.

She is married to Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut who is scheduled to lead a space shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

A 22 year-old white male named Jared Loughner was taken into custody as the alleged shooter.

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