Democratic Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head at point-blank range outside a Safeway supermarket in the Arizona city.
Giffords was one of 18 people shot outside the grocery store on Saturday morning. Six people are confirmed dead, while the 12 were wounded.
Giffords was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner,” a public meeting where her constituents had a chance to speak to her directly. She was shot during the meeting.
Giffords was airlifted to University Medical Center in Tucson, where she underwent surgery.
“I can tell you at this time, I am very optimistic about her recovery. We cannot tell what kind of recovery, but I’m as optimistic as it can get in this kind of situation,” Dr. Peter Rhee, medical director of the hospital’s critical care unit, said at a news conference.
Chief Judge John Roll, of the U.S. District Court for Arizona, was one of the six confirmed dead. A 9-year-old girl was also confirmed dead, while 12 were wounded.
President Obama released a statement saying, “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. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”
The gunman was identified as Jared Lee Loughner, 22, and is currently in custody.