The motivation and the identity of the assassin is still unknown. It is notable, however, that Congresswoman Giffords had been a target of right wing and tea party harassment and threats, especially in the wake of her health care vote:
Let us all show her staff and her family that we stand by her. If you wish to send her office a message of support, you may do so here.
Updates @ 12:55 pm Pacific:
- MSNBC is reporting that according to the hospital the Congresswoman was taken to, she remains alive but in critical condition and in surgery. The deputy mayor of the city is saying that she is expected to survive.
- Chief Judge John Roll of the US District Court of Arizona was shot and killed at the shooting.
- President Obama has released a statement and is expected to speak momentarily.
- 22 year old Jared Laughner has been identified as the person in custody for the shooting.