Via HotAir, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and at least 8 others – some reports are into the teens – were shot today at a rally/constituent meeting being held by the congresswoman at a grocery store in Tucson. The alleged shooter, 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson, is in custody.

Rep Giffords, shot point-blank through the temple, is reportedly alive and responding to commands. A federal judge and a 9 year old girl are among the confirmed dead at the time of this writing.

Hot Air, along with practically every other major blog and news outlet, has the latest updates.

Here is Jared Lee Loughner’s Youtube account. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this guy is fucking nuts.

Also, (and sadly, predictably) , some on the left are already trying to blame the TEA party for this horrendous act. It is with considerable restraint that I say only that there is no low to which the left won’t stoop.

We here at Conservative Nation keep Rep Giffords and all the victims and their families in our prayers.