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US congresswoman shot in Arizona

Gabrielle Giffords battles for her life after an assailant shot her in the head at a public event

US congresswoman shot in Arizona
View of the homepage of US Democratic Representative from Arizona Gabrielle Giffords' website in Washington on January 8, 2011 (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Police quarantine the shopping center where US Rep Gabrielle Giffords and several others were shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at a public event entitled 'Congress on your Corner' when a gunman opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
It was reported that eighteen people were shot, including members of Giffords' staff, and six are dead, including one young child. One suspect is in custody (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Police block off the intersection of Ina Road and Oracle Road where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several others were shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Police quarantine the shopping center where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several others were shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
US president Barack Obama speaks about the shooting of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at the White House January 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) speaks to the press outside the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the Longworth House Office Building January 8, 2011 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Leigh Harris adjusts candles at a vigil for US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Giffords was shot in the head at a public event entitled 'Congress on Your Corner' when a gunman opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Sophia Alexander, 9, attends a candlelight vigil for US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
Gabriela Applebaugh (C), 9, of Tucson, Arizona participates in a vigil with her mother Liesel Applebaugh (R), 44, at University Medical Center for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona(Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
People leave flowers and candles outside the Tucson office of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store January 8, 2011 in Tuscon, Arizona (Getty Images)
US congresswoman shot in Arizona
A woman drops flowers off outside the office of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill January 8, 2011 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)