Though still in critical condition, the politician is showing signs of improvement after being shot point blank in the head.
Doctors treating Gabrielle Giffords are optimistic today after the congresswomen showed signs of improvement following her shooting at point blnak range on Jan. 8. The Huffington Post reports, “Surgeons said a bullet went through Giffords’ head on the left side of the brain, but she is still able to respond nonverbally to commands such as squeezing a hand or showing two fingers. They credited several reasons for her survival, including good luck and the fact that paramedics got her to surgeons quickly – in under 40 minutes.”
The shooting happened outside a Tuscon Safeway where Gabrielle was holding a “Congresss on Your Corner” event to speak with local residents. Arizona’s chief federal judge and five others were killed and 14 people were injured in the shooting, committed by 22-year-old Jared Loughner. There was also a second individual spotted with Jared inside the Safeway, though police do not have a positive ID at this time.
At a press conference earlier today, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said that greater catastrophe was avoided when one of Jared’s victims, an unnamed woman, lunged at the shooter and ripped away his second magazine clip as he went to reload. His third clip failed when there was a problem with the spring, allowing two men to subdue him and wrestle away his gun while waiting for law enforcement.
Gabrielle is married to astronaut Mike Kelly and has two children.
It is unknown if there were definite political motivations behind the shooting at this time. Gabrielle was a Democrat who was on Sarah Palin’s “target list” for her support of the health care reform bill. Sarah’s Facebook page at the time carried an actual map of the USA with gun marks on the locations of the 20 politicans she was “targeting.”