Breaking: Congresswoman, five others shot in Tucson, AZ; Update: NPR reports six dead; Update: Federal judge dead; Update: Gunman identified; Update: Giffords expected to pull through; Update: Gunman may have left video manifesto; Update: “Very disturbed,” says shooter’s classmate

posted at 1:20 pm on January 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This is just awful:

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, an eyewitness reported Saturday.

Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting her first “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting. At least five other people, including members of her staff, were hurt, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

Giffords has been taken to a hospital in Tucson, but at least so far her condition is not known.  Bystanders apparently tackled the gunman after he tried to run away, and kudos to their bravery.   There is no word on who the gunman is or why he opened fire on the public event.

Prayers go out for Giffords, the other victims, and their families for a full recovery.  I’ll update as more details are known.

Update: NPR has updated its initial report to say that nine people were injured.  Still no word on Giffords’ condition.

Update II: Same link – NPR now reporting Giffords and six others have died in the attack.  Horrible.

Update (AP): An eyewitness at the scene describes the shooter to Gawker:

The gunman was young, mid-to-late 20s, white, clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing and said nothing during the shooting or while being held down, although he struggled at first. He didn’t look like a businessman, but more of a “fringe character,” Rayle said. The sheriff’s department arrived, arrested the gunman and cordoned off the parking lot.

Update (Ed): Via Twitter, KOLD reports that Giffords is still in surgery.  Let’s hope she pulls through.

Update (AP): I haven’t seen the report myself, but word on Twitter is that CNN claims the gunman is 21 years old.

Update (AP): Amazingly good news: An Arizona state senator at the hospital tells Fox News that she’s responding to commands and that she was shot in the temple but the bullet exited somehow. Too early to tell on her long-term prognosis, obviously, but she’s made it through surgery.

Update (AP): Federal judge John Roll was at the event and reportedly wounded, but Fox News just broke in to say that he’s been killed. He was appointed by Bush 41.

Update (AP): The gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Jared Laughner.

Update (AP): Wonderful news on a horrible day: Reportedly, doctors are expecting Giffords to “pull through.”

Update (AP): If this is true, the “lone nut” theory is out the window:

UPDATE: Police arrest man near Thornydale and Magee Roads who is suspected of being connected to the shooting of Giffords and others. A third man is being sought.

Update (AP): A surgeon at the hospital is giving a presser now; he says he’s “very optimistic” that Giffords will make it. Five victims are critical (including Giffords) and five are stable. One victim died at the hospital — a nine-year-old child.

Update (AP): Exercise caution since names can be mistaken, but I’m getting multiple tips that this YouTube channel — created by “Jared Lee Loughner” — could be the gunman’s. There are three manifesto-type clips there; the one below is called “Final Thoughts” and was posted last month. As Jon Henke said on Twitter, he sounds like an anarchist, complaining about “currency that’s not backed by gold and silver” and how “you don’t have to accept the federalist laws.”

Here’s a second clip. The guy, unsurprisingly, sounds like a crank. But what of the other suspects?

Here’s the third and last clip, mumbling about being a “mind controller.”

Update (Ed): KOLD identifies the suspect as Jared Lee Loughner, same as the YouTube channel.

A 22-year-old man is in custody in connection with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Jared Lee Loughner is being held after Giffords was shot Saturday at an event in Tucson.

Multiple search warrants are being served in the investigation, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rick Kastigar.

Not sure whether anyone can determine any sort of political inclinations from the above insanity; sounds like an anti-government, anti-religion nutcase, but even that’s giving the “conscience dreamer” too much credit for coherence.

Update (AP): Here’s a list of favorite books from Loughner’s YouTube profile. One is by Ayn Rand, a few others are even more famous:

I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.

Update (AP): There’s one other video on Loughner’s YouTube page — not a clip that he created, but one created by someone else which he “favorited.” It’s of a flag-burning.

Update (Ed): Lots of tweets and a couple of e-mails about testimony from a young woman who claimed to know the suspect and his political leanings, but there’s not much point in pursuing that.  She claims she last saw him in 2007, so the data would be marginal at best even if there was some confirmation of it, which there isn’t.  As I tweeted earlier, assuming that the YouTube channel does belong to the suspect, it would indicate someone from neither Left nor Right but from outer space, and almost undeniably mentally ill.

Update (AP): Loughner has reportedly told police that he acted alone, which is no surprise given the tenor of the YouTube videos. Still no word on what happened to the second (and third?) suspect, though. As for Giffords, while doctors are hopeful she’ll survive, the recovery obviously won’t be easy. The bullet passed through her brain, reportedly entering through the temple and exiting through her forehead.

Update (AP): Looks like the earlier info about a second suspect was bad. From Fox News: “Police reportedly had also arrested a second suspect, however law enforcement official told Fox News they believe Loughner acted alone after a ‘preliminary search’ for a second suspect turned up no one.”

Update (AP): I suspect this story’s going to shift very quickly from an “ideological nutjob” narrative to one about an obviously ill man not getting the help he needed.

A former classmate of Loughner at Pima Community College said he was “obviously very disturbed.”

“He disrupted class frequently with nonsensical outbursts,” said Lynda Sorenson, who took a math class with Loughner last summer at Pima Community College’s Northwest campus.

Sorenson doesn’t recall if he ever made any threats or uttered political statements but he was very disruptive, she said. He was asked to leave the pre-algebra class several times and eventually was barred from class, said Sorenson, a Tucson resident.


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Bad.

S. Weasel on January 8, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Horrifying. Prayers for the victims and their families.

Ted Torgerson on January 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

This is really bad, sounds like it was point-blank to the head: http://tucsoncitizen.com/three-sonorans/2011/01/08/gabrielle-giffords-shot-in-head-in-tucson/

Prayers to her family.

Meric1837 on January 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Point blank in the head? Not good.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I’m sorry she was shot. I guess she was a Democrat since they didn’t list her affiliation in the news item. I pray for speedy recovery and hope they give that out of control Teabagger the firing squad… /sarc

Dandapani on January 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

This is a horrible thing!

Why have no cable news stations mentioned it yet?

GGMac on January 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

What is Giffords’ stance on immigration? I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if the shooter was a Mexican national…or perhaps a U.S. Citizen born to a Mexican national.
gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I am wondering if she will survives first. I am as tough as they come on border security, but this kind of speculation is pretty uncalled for at this moment.

alexwest on January 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Wow!

cmsinaz on January 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Tuscon newspaper reports she was shot point blank in the head…? No more details.

d1carter on January 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Prayers !!
The comments on that NPR link are ALMOST as horrid.
More of the tolerant left on parade… sheesh.
I’d comment, but won’t go NEAR registering with THEM !!

pambi on January 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

DU is reporting Congreswoman was shot in the head

William Amos on January 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I am wondering if she will survives first. I am as tough as they come on border security, but this kind of speculation is pretty uncalled for at this moment.

alexwest on January 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Your opinion is noted and will be summarily ignored.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

She is the only member of the U.S. Congress whose spouse, astronaut Mark E. Kelly, is an active duty member of the U.S. military.

Giffords is known as a strong proponent of solar energy as well as for her work to secure the border with Mexico.

J_Crater on January 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Now being reported on FNC… hoping for more confirmations before reporting more.

pambi on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I’m sorry she was shot. I guess she was a Democrat since they didn’t list her affiliation in the news item. I pray for speedy recovery and hope they give that out of control Teabagger the firing squad… /sarc

Dandapani on January 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

She is in fact a Democrat.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Oh, man. All the news reports say it was a point blank shot to the head…not a good thing to hear. Hopefully we get some good news soon, prayers for a full recovery for Ms. Giffords.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Just horrible, and revolting. I just hope she’s okay. The MSM will try to blame this on the Tea Party in T-minus 5-4-3-….

Travis Bickle on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I`m just going to hope she and the others shot recover. But I`m going to wait on a rant until I know who he is and why he did this.

ThePrez on January 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I suspect the shooter is mentally ill/paranoid schiz.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Olbermann blames the Tea Party in 5…4…3…

fusionaddict on January 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Here it is on Fox. She is a democrat.

Kudos to our nation’s first line of defense – the average American – for taking the shooter down.

Now they’re saying her’s is a close-range head wound. Not good. Heavy prayers going up for her, and the others wounded.

GGMac on January 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

How can you get along with the other side when they are always kneejerk accusing you of murder?

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Prayer to God for His help with these people.
L

letget on January 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Bystanders apparently tackled the gunman

Much better than a sidewalk Rambo shooting the guy. We need to take these guys alive, and waterboard the snot out of them.

Skandia Recluse on January 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Prayers.

bernzright777 on January 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Giffords has discussed her gun ownership and support for gun rights opposing the DC gun ban and signing an Amicus curiae brief with the US Supreme Court to support overturing it. She has a D+ rating from the NRA and a D- from the GOA.

J_Crater on January 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Zetas.

BallisticBob on January 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I’m praying for her, the others who were shot, and all of their families.

pugwriter on January 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Horrific.

Bee on January 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

She is indeed a Democrat.

catmman on January 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

This is just terrible.

Missy on January 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Conflicts all around .. shot point blank in the head, seems accurate, but having the perp in costody, not so much.

pambi on January 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Hoo boy…I take back what I said about the likelihood it was a Mexican national. Let the Right-wing nutjob narrative commence!

/snark

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I have that fear, but I’m holding out in faith of the goodness of the people on the Right. .

Tim Burton on January 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I have that fear, but I’m holding out in faith of the goodness of the people on the Right.

Tim Burton on January 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Crazy or cruel people can exist in any political movement. I am going to hold out on with faith in Americans in general on this one and refrain from speculation until we get some facts while praying for the full recovery of the victims.

alexwest on January 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Your opinion is noted and will be summarily ignored.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

If you are that callous, you don’t deserve to have one opinion you express to be taken seriously.

Degenerate scum!!

HDFOB on January 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Horrible news. Prayers.

carbon_footprint on January 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Prayers to her and all others.

And who will be the first to blame it on the crazy Tea Party?

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

She is in fact a Democrat.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

There had been a lot of speculation recently that she would be seeking the Democratic nomitation to run against Sen. Jon Kyl in 2012.

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Boy, this story is slow in getting out.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

If you are that callous, you don’t deserve to have one opinion you express to be taken seriously.

Degenerate scum!!

HDFOB on January 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Opinion noted.

/ignorebin

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Prayers for Giffords, the other victims and their loved ones. Forget about her politics and the shooter’s politics. This is terrible and tragic.

Terrie on January 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

12 people shot?

BallisticBob on January 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

She’s a liberal, but she’s acted tough on immigration… though I’m not sure about her sincerity…

ninjapirate on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Forget about her politics and the shooter’s politics. This is terrible and tragic.

Terrie on January 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

I didn’t say a word about the shooter’s politics. I was speculating on his nationality.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Boy, this story is slow in getting out.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Hopefully because they are saving lives.

alexwest on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Did I hear correctly? She’s adamently for closing the border?

Cripes – 12 people shot!!!

GGMac on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Update from Fox….

They are saying 12 people shot, gunman in custody.

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

FNC: a total of 12 folks hurt

pambi on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Fox is reporting 12 people were shot…

d1carter on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Now saying 12 people were shot.

fusionaddict on January 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Horrific. Prayers to her, the other victims, and all of their families.

Local radio reporting possibly 15 hit.

Desert Gardens on January 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Very sad….praying for her right now! No matter what your political presuasion (I’m a diehard conservative), this is bad, very bad.

susieq2cute on January 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

It can’t happen here.

Speakup on January 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This is a damn shame.

This kinda crap always hurts more than the victim. She has a family, friends, co-workers and because she’s in Congress … constituents.

darwin on January 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

MSNBC not covering? Nor HLN…

bernzright777 on January 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Oh this is awful! I hope she’ll be okay.

powerpro on January 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Now, they are saying that 12 others were shot, per Fox News.
This is a horrible situation. If it was a “man-caused ddisaster”, we will not hear about the perpetrator’s identity for hours.

kingsjester on January 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Wow, everyone stay safe out there. Sh!t gets closer to falling apart every day nowadays.

abobo on January 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I’ve never heard of NPR breaking a story before.

darwin on January 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

OMG how terrible. Prayers for all those injured and that the gunman has been captured.

ctmom on January 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I lived in Tucson for a few months a couple of years ago. And it is shocking what a violent city it is. My apartment complex (that my company found for me) was supposed to be one of the nicest in the city, yet it had gangs roaming through there at all hours. I could hear gun shots at all hours. Even going to the grocery store was an adventure.
I’ve been to many, many places and Tucson stands out as a horrible place to live.

All that being said, my prayers are with her and the other wounded.

mjk on January 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

We need to take these guys alive, and waterboard the snot out of them.

Skandia Recluse on January 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

But….torture….eleventy!!1! Sorry, I have nothing else.

I don’t care if they are taken dead or alive, although I’d prefer dead if we would otherwise eventually let them go or pay their keep for the rest of their days.

DrMagnolias on January 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I have that fear, but I’m holding out in faith of the goodness of the people on the Right.

Tim Burton on January 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I don’t get the fear. What type of a track record exists of those on the right doing these types of things. All of the high profile political shootings I know about (as far back as JFK) were performed by those on the left.

chemman on January 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Trying to get local stations live feed

http://www.kvoa.com/livestream/

William Amos on January 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

My prayers go out for those hurt and those who love them. What a tragedy.

flyfisher on January 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

What are the odds the media rushes to blame the tea party then it turns out that it is a loony lefty and then the LSM ignores that fact?

Shooting any innocent person deserves the Death penalty regardless if the victim is a dignitary.

esnap on January 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Gabrielle Giffords (June 8, 1970 – January 8 2011) was the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 8th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

She is the only member of the U.S. Congress whose spouse, astronaut Mark E. Kelly, is an active duty member of the U.S. military.[1]

Giffords is known as a strong proponent of solar energy as well as for her work to secure the border with Mexico.[2] [3]

Speakup on January 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Do we have any idea if the gunman targeted the Congresswoman specifically, or if he was firing indiscriminately into the crowd?

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

@ mankai, 1:37 PM

Hmmm. This news hints at it possibly being a retaliation hit, doesn’t it. If so, it IS a game-changer, big time.

GGMac on January 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Prayers for her and her family.

sandee on January 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Tim Burton on January 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Open borders? There would be one way traffic.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Drudge has her “shot dead”.

Marcus on January 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

If an illegal did this, the gubmit and MSM will hod back on releasing that info for a while, too. Fox said that she was just on w/Bill Hemmer yesterday. Prayers for the families.

kingsjester on January 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Do we have any idea if the gunman targeted the Congresswoman specifically, or if he was firing indiscriminately into the crowd?

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

A point-blank shot to the head suggests that she was specifically targeted, Steeb. The police are almost certainly going to treat this as a premeditated murder.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

This tragedy will be followed by another tragedy – Congress using this incident to push their personal or party agenda’s.

My prayers for her and her family.

ColumbusConservative on January 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Drudge has her “shot dead”.

Marcus on January 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

That’s just been taken down

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

And I have no problem with being wrong. But isn’t it curious that we don’t have so much as a name on the shooter yet?

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

We don’t even have a good bead on the number of people shot, yet – it’s gone from one, to five, to 12. The shooting has been described as “point-blank” AND “indiscriminate.” So, no, it isn’t curious – yet. This could be a political assassination. If so, the police need to proceed very carefully and verify the guy’s identity before releasing the name. I bet there will be some other conversations with DHS before we get that info as well.

alexwest on January 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

MSNBC reporting… “probably [someone with] mentally-challenged mental capacity”… “you know she was recently in an election”… “a madman making a public statement… suffering from paranoia”…

mankai on January 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

This could be a political assassination. If so, the police need to proceed very carefully and verify the guy’s identity before releasing the name. I bet there will be some other conversations with DHS before we get that info as well.

alexwest on January 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

If it was a political assassination, the MSM is going to have a field day. :( I weep for my republic.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Prayers go out for Giffords, the other victims, and their families for a full recovery.

Absolutely.

Let’s contain our outrage and just pray.

Zorro on January 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

name that party post?

Kaptain Amerika on January 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

She’s a Democrat. Doesn’t make a difference.

My prayers for speedy recovery for both her and her staff.

unclesmrgol on January 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Tim Burton on January 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Sounds like you are in the Phoenix metroplex area.

chemman on January 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Good God…

Ugly on January 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Any word on what type of weapon? 12 hits, from how much firing? WTF!

GGMac on January 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

A point-blank shot to the head suggests that she was specifically targeted, Steeb. The police are almost certainly going to treat this as a premeditated murder.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

That’s what I was thinking. FOX is reporting the “point-blank to the head” thing, but MSNBC is saying the shooter wasn’t necessarily targeting her, but was firing “indiscriminately.” Don’t know what to make of it yet…

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

KGUN has short story

Reports shooter is in custody.

Desert Gardens on January 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Odd. MSNBC seems to be playing up the border security angle.

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Some of these comments make me ashamed to be affiliated with this site. You folks ought to be embarrassed of yourselves. Any finger pointing, name-calling, or anything remotely close to that is completely uncalled for.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Giffords and her staff.

NoStoppingUs on January 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Word is already spreading on Twitter that she was one that Palin had a target on.

http://www.takebackthe20.com/

Mark1971 on January 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Her Wikipedia entry already lists her date of death, but of course its Wikipedia.

vcferlita on January 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Don’t know what to make of it yet…

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

A point-blank shot to one wouldn’t preclude indiscriminate shooting into the crowd. This whole business is going to be a Rashomon-type nightmare for weeks to come, I’m sure.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Why haven’t they named the suspect?

The Mega Independent on January 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Tuscon Fire Department reports 4 DOA

Beto Ochoa on January 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Drudge reporting she is deceased.

jfshaughnessy on January 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Prayers for Giffords and the others that were wounded.
My bet would be the shooter was some sort of stalker nutcase.

iceman1960 on January 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

God bless all of them and their families this is HORRIBLE and OUTRAGEOUS!

xler8bmw on January 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

It’s been over 45 minutes since this was first reported. What’s the hold up?

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Libtards are out there blaming the Tea Party at the usual places.

She was not a Pelosi Dem- In fact voted against her the other day.

Valiant on January 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Why haven’t they named the suspect?

The Mega Independent on January 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

My best guess is that the suspect is a Mexican national who, if he has identifying documents at all, is carrying fraudulent I.D.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM

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