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Arizona shooting, Rep. Gifford critically injured, six people dead and the alleged gunman captured.

A gunman opened fire at an event with U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson this morning

Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and critically injured Saturday morning during a political meeting at a Tucson supermarket, in Arizona.  A physician said he was optimistic she could recover from the bullet wound that penetrated her head.

Six people were killed, among them a judge and a 9-year-old girl (born 9/11, 2001) , and at least 12 others were injured in the shooting, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Giffords, 40, is a Democrat recently sworn in to her third term in Congress. She was responding well after undergoing neurosurgery, said Peter Rhee, director of trauma at the University Medical Center in Tucson.

Meanwhile, a suspect was in custody and identified him as Jared L. Loughner, 22.

The alleged gunman has a history of strange behaviour and strong critics to the federal government.

About 15 to 20 shots were fired in rapid succession witnesses told new agencies at the scene. The police is looking for another man, who was near the alleged suspect during the shooting, but this person is not an additional suspect. The police just want to talk to him.

According reports, witnesses told police they saw a man dressed in dark clothing moving around the fringe of the crowd gathered at the northwest Tucson Safeway, where Giffords was hosting a public event.

Police say Loughner is the man seen by witnesses before he made his way toward Giffords and sprayed at least 15 to 20 shots.

During the shooting, Loughner attempted to reload his weapon  and then he was tackled by several of Giffords’ staff members.

Police say Jared Loughner, 22, lives in Tucson. A MySpace page belonging to him, which has since been removed, indicated he attended Pima Community College.

A series of strange YouTube videos, reportedly made by Loughner, contain text dealing with an array of bizarre subjects such as mind control and creating new currency.