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Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, 40, has been shot at a public event on Saturday in her home state.   The congresswoman and several others were rushed to the hospital following the shooting spree in Pima County, Arizona.  Authorities are reporting the suspected gunman was taken into custody.

FBI agents were rushed to the shooting scene near a Safeway grocery store in northwest Tucson where Democratic Congresswoman Giffords was hosting a public event to speak with her constituents.

Witnesses say a gunman ran up and fired off 15 to 20 shots.  They say the young man shot the congresswoman in the head, before trying to run off.

But witnesses say he was tackled by a bystander, and taken into custody.

President Barack Obama released a statement at the White House saying the shooting was a senseless and terrible act of violence that has no place in a free society.

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