**UPDATE: ONE CHILD & US JUDGE CONFIRMED DEAD 4:06 PM EST**
US District Judge John M. Roll, shot in Tucson, is dead. One child, age nine, is confirmed dead as well.
**UPDATE: NAME OF SUSPECT RELEASED 3:59 PM EST**
The federal authorities have released that the alleged shooter is 22 years old (born Sept., 1988) and his name is Jared Lee Loughner.
**UPDATE: REP. GIFFORDS MAKES IT THROUGH SURGERY 3:47 PM EST**
Arizona State senator Linda Lopez tells Fox, “We just heard that [Giffords] is responding to commands. She made it through surgery.”
**UPDATE: PRESIDENT OBAMA RELEASE STATEMENT 3:30 PM EST**
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
January 8, 2011
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tuscon, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.
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.
**UPDATE: SARAH PALIN RESPONDS 3:03 PM EST**
Sarah Palin has issued a brief statement on the shooting:
My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona.
On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.
**UPDATE: STAFFER DEAD 2:59 PM EST**
AP: At least one Giffords staffer has been killed.
Hospital Spokewoman just told AP that Congresswoman Giffords is alive and in critical condition.
At least six confirmed dead, 18 shot in the shooting, according to University Medical Center spokesman Darci Slaten.
Gawker’s Adrian Chen spoke to an eyewitness who says that the gunman walked up to Giffords and shot her in the head first. After shooting her he opened fire on the others, and was then tackled by a member of Giffords’ staff. The shooter is described as being in his mid-to-late 20s, who looked like a “fringe character.”
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.
The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.
At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.
Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said.
The suspect was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody. He was not injured. Witnesses described him as in his late teens or early 20s.
Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona’s 8th District in 2006. The “Congress on Your Corner” events allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.