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Subject: Archive: On Jan. 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is greeting constituents at a Safeway parking lot in Tucson, Az.

Suddenly, a madman walks up & opens fire
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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 04:48:38pm

On January 8, 2011, just a week into her third term, Giffords was a victim of an assassination attempt near Tucson at the hands of gunman Jared Lee Loughner, at a Safeway supermarket where she was meeting publicly with constituents. Loughner shot Giffords in the head with a thirty-three round magazine Glock pistol; he shot twenty-four others, killing six and wounding eighteen, among them federal judge John Roll and a 9-year-old child, Christina-Taylor Green, before Loughner was disarmed, arrested, and charged with murder and attempted murder.

Giffords was later brought to a rehabilitation facility in Houston, Texas, where she recovered some of her ability to walk, speak, read, and write.

On May 16, 2011, Giffords traveled to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of STS-134, the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was commanded by her husband Mark Kelly.

In 2012, Loughner was sentenced to serve seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

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