Tucson News

January 8, 2011 by USA Post 

Tucson News, (AFP)-A member of the Congress of the United States and six other people were killed in Tucson, Arizona by a gunman who opened fire on a public occasion, the National Public Radio, quoting the local sheriff’s office.

NPR said at least nine others were injured in an attack on a grocery store where the Democratic legislator Gabrielle Giffords hosted a congress on your corner “event with constituents. The wounded included three members’ staff.

He said the suspect fled and was approached by a passerby, before being detained, and that witnesses have described as being in his late teens or early 20s.

Andrea Gooden, a witness who was in an office down the street, told Fox News she heard a burst of gunfire and “immediately after there were people running through the parking lot.”

Another witness told CNN he heard 15-20 shots and saw people running and screaming from the scene before police and fire trucks arrived around two minutes later.

Images of the scene showed paramedics rushing stretchers for helicopters.

The incident occurred after packages turned into a post office in Washington, DC on Friday and two government buildings in neighboring Maryland, on Thursday.

Giffords, 40, was elected to Congress in 2006 and is married to Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut.

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