University Medical Center
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Officials at University Medical Center have confirmed that U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords is alive. She is out of surgery. Doctors are optimistic about her chances of recovery.
The news is a dramatic reversal of previous reports circulated on some national news cable channels and local media claiming that Giffords had died.
Giffords was among 19 people shot at the Saturday morning at the Safeway grocery store at Ina and Oracle in Tucson. Six people died. One shooter is in custody.
Dr. Peter Rhee of University of Medical center told reporters at 2:00 PM Saturday morning that ten patients have been brought to the hospital. Of those, one is dead, five are in surgery and the rest are in recovery. The five in surgery are in critical condition.
Dr. Rhee said the deceased victim was a child, but did not release the victim’s identity.
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