NPR is reporting that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others have died following the shooting at a public event in Tuscon.

Our sincere condolences go out to the friends, family and staff of Rep. Giffords, and those of the other shooting victims.

Update: MSNBC is interviewing Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik who is not on the scene, but says five are dead and six injured. Local witness says there are three bodies covered in sheets on the scene.

Update II: Sheriff Dupnik says that Gifford is still alive but in critical condition, says he is 100% sure, at 2:29 pm ET.

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