Nation Mourns as Rep. Giffords, Other Victims Struggle to Recover

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remained in critical condition in an Arizona hospital on Sunday, one day after she was shot in the head by a gunman during a meeting with constituents in Tucson. Doctors said she was responsive to simple commands after undergoing surgery and they expect her to recover. Giffords is in a medically induced coma, and it will be some time before doctors can assess the prospects of the Democratic lawmaker, who was shot through the brain.

Twenty people were shot during the “Congress on the Corner” event at a Tuscon shopping center. Six have died, including a federal judge, an aide to the Congresswoman, and a 9-year-old girl. Giffords and 13 other victims have been treated for wounds at area hospitals.

Federal authorities have charged the alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, with “one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee,” MSNBC reported. He will likely face state charges for the other deaths and injuries. The motives for the shooting are unknown.

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