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Surgeon “Very Optimistic” On Rep. Giffords Condition, Reports Young Child Killed

The surgeons at University of Arizona Hospital have announced that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition after being shot earlier today, but doctors are “very optimistic” about her recovery. The official victim count for the shooting is ten living victims– five in stable condition, five in critical condition, and one killed — a child estimated to be around nine years old.

Dr. Peter Rhee reported in the hospital’s press conferences of the victim count and of Rep. Giffords’ condition, which he repeated described as “optimistic” and noted that he personally was “about as optimistic as it can get in this condition.” He confirmed that she was shot in the head “through and through” and was responding to commands, though still under anesthesia. Her surgery is complete.

Meanwhile, in the same press conference Arizona police confirmed that they had secured offices and homes of both Rep. Giffords and other nearby Congresspeople, not in response to any other threat but to “take every precaution needed.”

Certainly extremely positive news for Rep. Giffords and her family, and extremely tragic news for the family of the young child. The press conference from Tuscon below:

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