Capitol Police Directly Involved In Giffords Investigation


Capitol Police have sent an email to all members of Congress updating them on the Arizona shooting in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was critically wounded, TPM has learned. The email confirms that a suspect is in custody and urges Members of Congress to take reasonable security precuations for themselves.

The text of the email obtained by TPM:

Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities in Arizona are investigating a shooting in Tucson, Arizona in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Multiple others were shot as well. Congresswoman Giffords has been transported to a local medical facility with serious injuries. The suspect is in custody. No further details on the motive or other victims are available at this time.

The U.S. Capitol Police are directly involved in this investigation. As more information is developed, it will be provided. In the interim, all Members and staff are advised to take reasonable and prudent precautions regarding their personal security.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Dem Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona]


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