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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:

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The AP reports that the man responsible for shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) as well as many others at a Giffords constituent event in Tuscon today is Jared Loughner.

"Little information is known immediately about Loughner - such as his background or a possible motive in the attack," the AP reports.

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1||January 8, 2011: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is reportedly shot in the head at point blank range at a "Congress On Your Corner" event in her district. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

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18||President Obama takes part in a conference call in the Situation Room of the White House concerning the shooting. ||Official White House Photo By Pete Souza&&

19||Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer concerning the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.



See pictures from vigils held over the weekend for Giffords, and pictures of the scene on the ground in Arizona. ||Official White House Photo By Pete Souza&&

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the shooting at a constituent event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), which resulted in Giffords, among others, being shot, "a national tragedy."

"Today is a very sad day for our country," Pelosi said in a statement released to reporters.

Pelosi praised Giffords, who was first elected to Congress in 2006.

"Congresswoman Giffords is a brilliant and courageous Member of Congress, bringing to Washington the views of a new generation of national leaders," Pelosi said. "It is especially tragic that she was attacked as she was meeting with her constituents whom she serves with such dedication and distinction."

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

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Back in March 2010, Sarah Palin created a campaign push through her Facebook page against Democrats from conservative districts who had voted for the health care bill -- among them, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot today.

The page used a picture of a map of the United States, with crosshair targets located over 20 districts that were carried by the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, and whose representatives voted for the health care bill. The picture did not use photos of the members themselves, but instead placed the crosshairs over their geographic districts and included a list of their names below.

The page was promoted through Palin's Twitter account with the slogans, "Take Back the 20!" and, "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"

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

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President Obama condemned the mass shooting at a rally for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today that resulted in Giffords being shot among others. In a statement released by the White House, Obama called the shooting "an unspeakable tragedy" and said that "such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society."

"I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers," Obama said.

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

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John Roll, Arizona's chief federal judge, was killed in the same incident in which Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot on Saturday morning.

A federal law enforcement official first confirmed to TPM that a federal judge was shot. The U.S. Marshals Service is on the scene of the shooting, the federal official told TPM. The Marshals Service employees responded to the scene after the shooting, the official said.

WNBC reporter Jonathan Dienst confirmed Roll was killed. A statement from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement that Roll had been attacked.

Roll faced death threats in 2009 after presiding over a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit, the Arizona Republic reported:

When Roll ruled the case could go forward, Gonzales said talk-radio shows cranked up the controversy and spurred audiences into making threats.

In one afternoon, Roll logged more than 200 phone calls. Callers threatened the judge and his family. They posted personal information about Roll online.

"They said, 'We should kill him. He should be dead,' " Gonzales said.


Roll, who is the chief federal judge in Arizona, said both he and his wife were given a protection detail for about a month.

"It was unnerving and invasive. . . . By its nature it has to be," Roll said, adding that they were encouraged to live their lives as normally as possible. "It was handled very professionally by the Marshals Service."

At the end of the month, Roll said four key men had been identified as threat makers.

The Marshals Service left to him the decision to press charges but recommended against it. Roll said he had no qualms about following their advice.

The recommendation was based on the intent of those making the threats.

"I have a very strong belief that there is nothing wrong with criticizing a judicial decision," he said. "But when it comes to threats, that is an entirely different matter."


Editor's Note: This post has been updated since it was first published.

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