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Tucson shooting….18 shot….6 Dead including a US Federal Judge, and 9 year old…Rep Giffords is alive….

From an earlier Press confrence…..

18 Shot

6 DOA’s…the last one died in University Medical Center…

US Federal Judge John Roll is among the deceased…

The suspect is 22 Year old Jared Loughner…A white male

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is out of surgery for a gun shot wound to the head that passed thru….

She is sedated….The Hospital will wait 24 hours…But believes she has a ‘good chance’ for recovery….

The Investigation is being handled by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI….


From DSD…..

[Major and minor updates from Arizona:]

Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2011 11:16 am [MountainStandard Time]
(some emphasis added by me)

U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot point blank in the head on Saturday in a shooting at a northwest side grocery store this morning, but surgeons say they are “very optimistic” about her recovery.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is confirming federal judge John Roll[nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in 1991 by Pres. Geo. H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1991] was among the dead.

Sheriffs authorities said there were six dead, including a child, as well as 18 wounded.
Giffords, who is in critical condition, is out of surgery at University Medical Center, said Dr. Peter Rhee at University Medical Center.

The shooting occurred at a Safeway supermarket where Giffords was holding one of her regular “Congress on Your Corner” events, which allows her to speak directly with constituents in her district.

The gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner, according to the Associated Press.

Giffords has held several events since first taking office in January 2007. At one such event in 2009, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell on the supermarket floor.

This was her first event since her re-election to a third term in November.

Giffords, 40, was talking to a couple in the store when a gunman rushed her,shouting as he fired his weapon.

The gunman fired at people in line and got within 4 to 5 feet of the congresswoman, said Mark Kimble, a former Tucson newspaper executive who is now on her staff.
The gunman fired at Giffords then ran out, continuing to shoot.

Members of Giffords’ staff were among the wounded. District director Ron Barber remained in surgery, but his life was not expected to be in danger.

Individuals at the event tackled the man after the shooting, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department Bureau Chief Richard Kastigar.

Last March, Giffords’ Tucson office was vandalized after the House vote overhauling the nation’s health care system.

Giffords had just started the congressional session. She tweeted welcomes to new Republican congressman David Schweikert and had just sponsored legislation, with Republican Congressman Ron Paul, to cut congressional salaries.

U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, Giffords’ seatmate from Southern Arizona, said, “It’s horrific. It’s heartbreaking. It’s very frightening. I hope she comes out of it. This is not what public service is all about.”

The heated rhetoric and civil discord creates an environment for something like this to happen.

He lamented a series of incidents demonstrating the buildup that leads to something like this, including envelope of white powder sent to his Tucson office as well as a shot fired at his Yuma office.

“Gabby’s contributions were all in the future. Her career was all in the future.”

Washington D.C. authorities have spoken with his staff to “stay put.”

His family in Tucson now has security, but he doesn’t know yet whether he will have a secret service detail in the future….


Backround from DSD….

…The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Giffords in the head first.”

Giffords’s Tuscon constituency office was vandalised last March after she voted in favour of Barack Obama’s controversial health bill, which has been bitterly opposed by the American right. Giffords had been named as a political campaign target for conservatives in November’s elections by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin for her strong support of Obama’s reforms. Palin had published a “target map” on her website using images of gun sights to identify 20 House Democrats, including Giffords, for backing the new health care law. At an event in 2009 which was similar to the one Giffords was holding today, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell to the supermarket floor.

Giffords, who was born in Tucson and has two children, took office in January 2007 supporting immigration control, embryonic stem-cell research and the right to abortion. While the motive for today’s shooting was not immediately clear, Giffords was one of 10 Democrat members of Congress who were the subject of harassment over their support for the healthcare overhaul. Although a Democrat, Giffords was a strong supporter of the right to bear arms and was re-elected to her third term last November in congressional elections, edging out the Tea Party favourite Jesse Kelly.


January 8, 2011 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , , ,


  1. Hey, can you inform us on what “DSD” is? I’m trying to independently confirm what you’ve quoted, but can’t figure out “DSD”.

    Comment by Tiffany | January 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Tiffany…….DSD = Democratic Socialist Dave……He’s one of commentors over at my other site……http://www.politicaldog101.com

      join us there if you want to….The site is much…much busier than here….

      and I’d love to have you jump in with the guys…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | January 16, 2011 | Reply

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