Report: Giffords Staffer Gabe Zimmerman Among The Dead

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Gabe Zimmerman, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ director of community outreach, was one of the people killed after a gunman opened fire at an event in Arizona today, Politico reports.Politico adds that Zimmerman was 30 years old, and had worked for Giffords since 2007.

Giffords was shot in the head, and 18 other people were injured, at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in the parking lot of a Safeway in Tucson this morning. There are conflicting reports as to the total number of people killed, but among the confirmed dead are Federal Judge John Roll and a 9-year old girl. One suspect, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, is in custody. Giffords underwent surgery today, and a doctor told the media this afternoon that he was ‘very optimistic’ about her recovery.

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