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1||January 8, 2011: People create a makeshift shrine outside University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of Saturday's shooting. Giffords was in critical condition after being shot in the head. ||QI HENG/Xinhua/Newscom&&

2||In addition to Giffords, at least 17 other people were shot, and six killed, including federal judge John Roll and Giffords' staffer Gabe Zimmerman.||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 3||||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 4||||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 5||People holding a vigil outside Giffords' office in Tucson on Saturday night.||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 6||||Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 7||||Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 8||On Saturday, people began placing flowers and candles in front of Giffords' Tucson office.||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 9||||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 10||See pictures of Giffords, and of the scene on the ground in Arizona. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

Speaking from his Ohio congressional district on Sunday morning, House Speaker John Boehner called the shooting in Arizona yesterday an "inhuman act" and said it was a reminder of the risks taken by public officials in doing their duty, said NPR.

Boehner said the shootings would not prevent lawmakers fulfilling their responsibilities. Boehner said:

To the members of the House and our staffs, I ask that you, on this sabbath day, that we keep Gabby and her staff in our thoughts and prayers.

Public service is a high honor. But these tragic events remind us that all of us in our roles of service to our fellow citizens comes with a risk. This inhuman act should not and will not deter us from our calling to represent our constituents and to fullfill our oaths of office.

No act, no matter how heinous, must be allowed to stop us from our duty.


[TPM SLIDESHOW: Across the Nation, Vigils Held for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords]

Update: At just before 3:30 ET, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik announced that they had cleared the person of interest. The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking the public for information on a second person of interest in the shootings in Arizona yesterday that included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.

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Late last night we told you that local and national media outlets were reporting that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was conscious and had recognized her husband. But a spokesman for the hospital told NBC News that those reports were erroneous.

Politico reported that a hospital spokesman said that Giffords is still in critical condition as of 6:20 a.m. ET and that her condition had not changed much since Saturday night. She was sedated as of 6:20 a.m.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Across the Nation, Vigils Held for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords]

Late Update: A spokesman for the hospital said reports that Giffords was awake were inaccurate.

Original: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was awake in her hospital room and recognized her husband, several media outlets reported late Saturday.

Giffords is now in critical condition in the intensive care unit and has been responding to doctors' commands, according to media reports.

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The man suspected of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 other people at an event in Tucson, Arizona today may not have acted alone, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters at a news conference this evening. Five people died at the scene of the shooting, and a nine-year old girl later died at a hospital.

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The House Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood sent an e-mail to all House staff, informing them of safety measures being taken in the wake of the mass shootings that occurred today in Arizona that included Dem Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head.

"At this time, there is no indication that this incident is part of any larger threat against Congress or has a nexus to terrorism," he wrote.

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A leader of a Tucson-area tea party group condemned the mass shooting in Arizona that included Rep. Gabriel Giffords (D-AZ), but told TPM that this doesn't mean her group is going to tone down their rhetoric: "I think anytime you start suppressing freedom of speech, I think it's wrong. I live here and I didn't hear anything [in the 2010 campaign] that concerned me in terms of inciting violence."

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