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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WTF? This is horrible. My God I just saw her on TV the other day, she was the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Senate and she was sponsoring a bill calling for all members of the House to cut their salaries by 5%. I even mentioned that in another topic today, and now I read this crap?

oh my god my prayers to her family, she was only a few years older than me.

Daemonocracy on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I mean 13 shot and 6 are deceased.

roux on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

KVOA – 13 shot, 6 dead. no names.

fred5678 on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

NPR is saying that Rep. Giffords and six others are dead.

SnarkVader on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

horrible, just horrible.

rob verdi on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Her husband was to command the next/final shuttle launch in April. His twin commands the Space Station right now.

faraway on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I was away from the computer but now have had a chance to skim the thread. Friendly warning for gryphon and everyone else with a pet theory based on nothing about who might have caused this: If you persist in embarrassing our site in the thread here, you’ll be banned. No further warnings, no questions asked. Show some basic decency towards Giffords and towards the groups you’re so quick to blame.

I mean it. The banhammer is out.

Allahpundit on January 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Thanks AP.

It is responsible for the authorities and the press not to be releasing inaccurate information. Right now, the focus should be on the lives of the victims.

ladyingray on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Fox is saying shes dead.

BallisticBob on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

FOX reporting she has died

ColumbusConservative on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Fox reports she’s died.

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

KOLD TV is reporting at least 4 dead.

RBMN on January 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Well, that explains all the air medi-vacs and the slowness of authorities in releasing info.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I’d like to know who tackled the suspect too.

mankai on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Dead?

bernzright777 on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

ABC says 12 total shot. She is still alive.

faraway on January 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM

NPR is reporting she died, along with 6 others.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132764367/congresswoman-shot-in-arizona

CJ on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

According to NPR, Rep. Giffords didn’t make it. Very sad news.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

They are reporting she is dead. This is awful.

lexhamfox on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

NPR leads on this story?

d1carter on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Fox says NPR says she has died…

GGMac on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

On Twitter – someone saying NPR is reporting she has died. Awful. Just awful. : (

capitalist piglet on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Fox just announced that NPR announced that she has passed away. :( Waiting for Fox to confirm.

sicoit on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Thoughts and prayers… So horrible.

Fallon on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

NPR leads on this story?

d1carter on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I don’t think this kind of story has a scooping leader.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

May God have mercy…………

dmann on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

NPR reporting she died – terrible.

50sGuy on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

NPR is saying that Giffords haS passed away

iceman1960 on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Multiple deaths….

taney71 on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Multiple fatalities per Fox

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I really hope she and the other victims survive and recover.

JohnJ on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Allahpundit on January 8, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Thanks AP, I go all the way back JFK. In all the big cases it took significant time to release that type of information.

chemman on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

That is a lot of people to shoot and kill at one time.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Fox reports she’s died.

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

May her family be comforted.

mankai on January 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

They got the guy who did it right?

gophergirl on January 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

This is awful news.

Geronimo on January 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Reuters is reporting that she was killed.

Asher on January 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

The man 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. He didn’t look like a businessman, but more of a “fringe character,” our source said.

http://gawker.com/5728501/

ninjapirate on January 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

According to an eyewitness who spoke to Gawker:

The man 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. He didn’t look like a businessman, but more of a “fringe character,” our source said.

Allahpundit on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Jesus wept..

bernzright777 on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Terribly sad and troubling news. My condolences to their families.

I hope the reports that they caught the shooter are accurate.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

gophergirl on January 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Supposedly, members of the crowd tackled him. Fox will not confirm, yet.

kingsjester on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

So it’s confirmed that she died? :(

Emily M. on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Reuters confirms. Twitter feed.

Chris of Rights on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Just awful. I don’t care what political party this monster was. May God pass judgment on his soul.

sandee on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Heavenly Father accept into Your arms those we have lost and ease the pain of those who remain. Comfort the loved ones of all those left. In Your Son’s name we pray

Amen

darwin-t on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

They got the guy who did it right?

gophergirl on January 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

They’re reporting he was tackled by a bystander.

mankai on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

:’(

Bob's Kid on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Ya, several news outlets reporting her death. Prayers for her family.

JohnJ on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

They got the guy who did it right?

gophergirl on January 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

LA times reported he is in custody

William Amos on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

If confirmed, methinks that security for our federal legislators are going to be significantly enhanced.

About time.

itzWicks on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Fox is saying Congresswoman Giffords has passed away. Horrible.

fed-nad on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Did Fox just report she’s passed away?

madmonkphotog on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I hope the reports that they caught the shooter are accurate.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

All indications are that the shooter is in custody. No other identifying information about the shooter, or other fatalities, has been released.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

RIP… so horrid

Ugly on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Awful. Prayers to all and their families of those who were injured or killed…it sounds as if Fox is confirming Gifford’s death now.

badtemper on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Heavenly Father accept into Your arms those we have lost and ease the pain of those who remain. Comfort the loved ones of all those left. In Your Son’s name we pray

Amen

darwin-t on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Amen

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Someone at dailykos posted this:

http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/1294/aakelly048c.png

I really hope that is fake.

pedestrian on January 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

What that seemed to be was a shooting party/fundraiser, not a threat.

This is awful.

Sekhmet on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Fox reporting that 16 people were shot–the Congresswoman, 3 of her aides, 12 others. Via Free Republic .

Emperor Norton on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

NPR says she died, but then later in the same report it says the condition of the victims are not known. ???

And reading through the comments, it has been decided this is a Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, loving person who shot these people.

Oh, and proof that all conservatives are crazy and this is just the beginning of their plan to kill off all the Democrats.

ramrants on January 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Fox revised to 9 total shot

faraway on January 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Allahpundit on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Yeah, this holds with a theory of mine. Just a theory though, so no need to expand on it here…plus I don’t want to get banned.

Emily M. on January 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

They’re reporting he was tackled by a bystander.

mankai on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Good – now the husband should get first crack at him. Sorry if that’s over the line AP.

gophergirl on January 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Prayers for her family.

JohnJ on January 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

http://wwitv.com/tv_channels/b5791.htm

Sky news coverage via Tyler Durden @ zero hedge.

alexwest on January 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

NPR on Drudge is reporting 7 dead.

BallisticBob on January 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

And this sounds like a cartel hit to me.

fusionaddict on January 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I’m not so sure about that. If it was a hit, there would be no reason to shoot twelve other people. IMO, this was some nutjob working alone.

ColumbusConservative on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

In case anyone missed the update

NPR now reporting Giffords and six others have died in the attack. Horrible.

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I’ll lay money the shooting was probably some nutball who thought Congresswoman Giffors would stop the mind-control satellites or some wacko stuff like that

Sekhmet on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

This is horrible

reppac122 on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I am so sorry to hear that Rep. Giffords has died, along with six others.

This is just horrible on so many levels.

May the Lord comfort the families of the deceased.

GrannyDee on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Don’t rule out the possibility of a lefty lunatic just yet.

JohnJ on January 8, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Wow. That guy definitely sounds unstable.

I am working on that stuff with my shrinks after my suicide attempt. But thanks (sarcasm) for pointing that out. Actually, and THIS is silly, part of what went through my mind before i pulled the trigger – aside from the end of my gay marriage – was Blanche Lincoln killing the public option and the general feeling that HCR wasn’t going anywhere. THAT’S how dedicated i am.

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-or 20 minutes later. 30 minutes later the EMS came.

That’s a long wait.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I’m afraid this is just the beginning of sorrows for our Republic. Between the media, libs and fringe elements on all sides (but heavily carried by the MSM) we are a deeply divided country. As Scipture says, in the latter days because iniquity shall abound, the love of many will grow cold.

Notibly on the NPR site they are having a cow deleting what they say are

An NPR moderator has removed this comment because it does not adhere to the discussion guidelines

However they are leaving multiple assertions that Sarah Palin and Angle had her in their “crosshairs” and said something about 2nd amendment rights. The left liberal mind is clearly a mental illness and our tax dollars support the likes of NPR who keep the hate to the forefront.

wepeople on January 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Heavenly Father accept into Your arms those we have lost and ease the pain of those who remain. Comfort the loved ones of all those left. In Your Son’s name we pray

Amen

darwin-t on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Amen

carbon_footprint on January 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Just got on, this is just awful. I cannot believe this has happened.

txmomof6 on January 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Awful doesn’t begin to describe it, Captain.

This is insanity.

We’re supposed to be a republic, a democracy.

This isn’t supposed to happen here.

This just isn’t supposed to happen here.

SuperCool on January 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I’ll lay money the shooting was probably some nutball who thought Congresswoman Giffors would stop the mind-control satellites or some wacko stuff like that

Sekhmet on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Lay money? I’d say the odds of that being the case seem kind of long…but part of me is really hoping that turns out to be the case. If it turns out the shooter was of sound mind, regardless of politics or ethnicity, this affair is going to be more politically charged than I think we need to be dealing with right now.

gryphon202 on January 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

darwin-t on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Amen.

chemman on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

NPR is saying that Rep. Giffords and six others are dead.

SnarkVader on January 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

steebo77 on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Someone at dailykos posted this:

http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/1294/aakelly048c.png

I really hope that is fake.

pedestrian on January 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Where was that published?

mankai on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Heavenly Father accept into Your arms those we have lost and ease the pain of those who remain. Comfort the loved ones of all those left. In Your Son’s name we pray

Amen

darwin-t on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Worth repeating.
Amen.

badtemper on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

CNN is not yet reporting any fatalities.

madmonkphotog on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

NPR says she’s dead. Link from Drudge

Sekhmet on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

So horrible. My prayers are with her family and the families of the others killed or hurt.

BTW, NPR has a bit of information on the shooter. They say he was in his late teens or early 20s.

Vera on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Sarah Palin better go in hiding. According to the nutjobs on Huffpo, she’s responsible.

Browndog on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

This is unspeakably bad. God rest her. Vast terrible implications for America.

Edouard on January 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

That’s a long wait.

Blake on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

That’s according to the witness. People in highly stressful situations almost always think more time has passed than actually has. 2 minutes could seem like 20. 3 minutes could seem like 30.

AngusMc on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

A very sad day for America and the families.

Sandybourne on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I’m not so sure about that. If it was a hit, there would be no reason to shoot twelve other people. IMO, this was some nutjob working alone.
ColumbusConservative on January 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

They found 20 headless bodies in Acapulco yesterday. MS13 and the drug gangs would have no problem slaughtering an entire crowd of people to make a statement, “We own this town now.”

fusionaddict on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I mean it. The banhammer is out.

Allahpundit on January 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Thanks AP.

Prayers for the family.

29Victor on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

First reports: shooter is in his late teens or early twenties.

RBMN on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Fox says she has died.

xblade on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Heavenly Father accept into Your arms those we have lost and ease the pain of those who remain. Comfort the loved ones of all those left. In Your Son’s name we pray

Amen

darwin-t on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM
Amen

Knucklehead on January 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Amen

carbon_footprint on January 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Amen :(

sicoit on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Multiple fatalities.

xblade on January 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

darwin-t on January 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

May God hold them in the hollow of His hand. Amen.

kingsjester on January 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

A horrible day for democracy. The peaceful transfer for power in American democracy is one of our greatest features, and though there is no absence of heated rhetoric, we have very minimal political violence.

Any time something like this happens, it deals a great blow to our republic.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Tragic, my prayers are with the injured and families of the deceased. Does anyone else feel as if our government has been attacked? I don’t care what party anyone is at a time like this, I’m just angry that anyone would do this.

mbs on January 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Terrible news. Prayers to the Congresswoman’s family and the families of the other victims. Thankful for the swift reaction by the bystanders, reminiscent of the Unitarian Church incident of a while back.

Well-Armed Lamb on January 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Too horrible for words. RIP.

Machiavelli Hobbes on January 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Dammit! I pray for her family and that the perps to be caught!

CynicalOptimist on January 8, 2011 at 2:21 PM

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