Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recovering after surgery
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survived a gunshot to the head on Saturday afternoon after a single gunman opened fire at her and others at a congressional event outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.
"I am very optimistic about recovery," Dr. Peter M. Rhee, head of trauma at the University of Arizona medical center told reporters at 1 p.m. local time. "She was following command. She was shot one time — in the head, through and through — It went through her brain."
Rhee said it was too early to tell whether Giffords could fully recover. The shooting shocked the Capitol community — and the nation — and raised questions both about the security needs of public servants and what can be done to ensure that violence does not replace debate in the country's political discourse. The Capitol Police stepped up their security precautions in wake of the shooting.