Washington, Jan 10 (ANI): Amid tensions related to the deadly shooting in Tucson in the United States that killed six people and wounded a dozen others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Liberals have blamed potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin for the incident over her Facebook comments against Giffords ahead of the mid-term elections last year.
Giffords, who is in critical condition after being shot in Tucson, had become a target of Palin in the mid-term elections, and had reportedly posted on her Facebook page a U.S. map with crosshairs of a rifle scope over the districts repped by Giffords and 19 other Democrats.
Politico quoted MSNBC's liberal commentator Keith Olbermann as saying that if Palin "does not repudiate her own part, however tangential, in amplifying violence and violent imagery in American politics, she must be dismissed from politics, she must be repudiated by the members of her party."
"If they fail to do so, each one of them must be judged to have silently defended this tactic that today proves so awfully foretelling, and they in turn must be dismissed by the responsible members of their own party," he added.
Meanwhile, without referring to the ongoing debate about the issue, Palin in a post on Facebook has called for "peace and justice."
"My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice," she wrote.
In the latest development into the case, documents filed in Federal District Court in Phoenix revealed that primary suspect Jared Lee Loughner had planned to 'assassinate' Giffords.
Evidence seized from the house of Jared Lee Loughner, the primary suspect in connection with the deadly shooting in Tucson in the United States, has revealed that he had planned to 'assassinate' Representative Gabrielle Giffords, according to documents filed in the Federal District Court in Phoenix.
Tony M. Taylor Jr. of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in an affidavit that an envelope found in a safe in Loughner's house bore these handwritten words: "I planned ahead," "My assassination" and "Giffords."
Giffords, who represents Arizona's Eighth District in the south-eastern corner of the state, has been an outspoken critic of Arizona's tough immigration law, which is focused on identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. She had come under criticism for her vote in favour of the Democrats' health care law. (ANI)