The press is calling it an assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) but the investigation is still active and I expect more information soon. The congresswoman was shot in the head but expected to live and even recover, as remarkable as that is. Federal Judge John Roll was among the dead as was a 9 year old girl.
The shooter is Jared Loughner, a constituent. Information about him is still sketchy. (I've removed my speculations on the shooter. It's way too early for anyone, me included, to draw any educated conclusions) .
No point in making too many assumptions this early but this is bad. Very, very bad.
Update: The long knives are already out. There is a special ring in Hell for those who use the blood of the innocent to attack their political enemies. There's nothing political about the actions of the mentally deranged.
Brigid reminded me that now is the time for prayers and Lu and I send our heartfelt prayers to all the victims of this shocking incident. May God receive those who lost their lives into his loving embrace. Thanks Brigid.