Giffords is a fairly progressive / moderate Democrat and has received threats, and vandalism on her office, before as well as being put "in the cross hairs" by the likes of Sarah Palin and other TEA Party opponents (see picture).
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Those threats were whipped up by, wait for it, right wing radio talk shows...
Check out my twitter for infos, I'm trying to keep up in real time.
The shooter is reportedly 22 year old Jared Loughner. Some sources have indicated he is a military veteran, and possibly mentally ill. However, I haven't seen the mentally ill part substantiated well, and in my personal opinion it seems to be simply an easy (and ableist) scapegoat in trying to rationalize this heinous action.
More info can be found here.
Photos are coming out here.
The names of the six people killed in yesterday’s shooting in Arizona have been released.
See also this piece which gives some information about each victim.