Wonder what you would find if you frisked a grocery store in Tucson, AZ?
Answer: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and at least 18 others were shot.
FOX News reports:
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition after being shot in the head at close range Saturday morning while holding a public event, Fox News has confirmed.
Initial reports said that Giffords had died but a hospital spokesman and three House sources told Fox News that she remained alive in a nearby hospital where she was undergoing surgery.
At least 19 people were shot at Gifford’s “Your Corner” event held outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, including three members of the Democratic congresswoman’s staff in Arizona. Five have died, including one of Gifford’s aides, and nine are in critical condition at the University of Arizona Medical Center.
A suspect is in custody. Authorities are looking for a possible second suspect.
Arizona state Sen. Linda Lopez, who is a friend of Giffords, told Fox News that Giffords is responding to commands and that she’s confident that she will survive surgery. But she’s sure what her long term prognosis is.
This is absolutely horrible. More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 4:16 PM
The shooter was a 22 year-old, white male. Fox News believes they have the name of the suspect but are not releasing the name until it has been confirmed.
Also, there have been multiple reports about a second suspect being arrested. More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 4:43 PM
The shooter has been identified as Jared Loughner. Here is his video that the News is taking his quotes from:
More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 5:25 PM.
Federal Judge John Roll was killed during a shooting. CBS News reports:
Appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, Federal Judge John McCarthy Roll was shot and killed today when an assailant opened fire in a Safeway parking lot in Ariz., where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. was meeting with constituents.
More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 6:29 PM.
More photos have been released of the suspected gunman, Jared Loughner. More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 6:57 PM.
It comes as no surprise that the liberal mainstream and others from the Left are trying to use this tragic event to play politics. Those who are blaming this horrible event on Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Fox News, the Republican Party, and other conservative political identities are immature and irresponsible.
Liberals who are trying to play politics with this tragic story (this list is constantly updated):
- NJ Democrat Blames Fox News for Giffords Shooting
- Jane Fonda Blames Giffords Shooting on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party
- RedState: From the Mailbag
- Markos Moulitsas from The Daily Kos
- Fire Dog Lake Blames Sarah Palin
- The Left already blaming Palin and more for Gifford shooting
- Before the shooter was identified, Paul Krugman was already blaming the incident on Sarah Palin, Tea Party activists, and opposition to national health care.
- He Goes There… Olbermann Blames Palin, Allen West, Tea Party, Beck & O’Reilly for Shootings Today By Marx-Supporting Liberal Lunatic (Video)
- CNN Singles Out Palin Rhetoric Even Though There Is No Motive (Video)
- Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) Blames Sharron Angle For Giffords Shooting (Video)
I’m quite confident more garbage like this will be popping up this weekend. More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 7:26 PM.
The Business Insider reports:
A woman named Caitie Parker has been tweeting that she went to school with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ alleged shooter Jared Loughner and that he had met Giffords previously.
Also,” he was a pot head & into rock like Hendrix,The Doors, Anti-Flag. I haven’t seen him in person since ’07 in a sign language class” and “As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.”
More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 7:31 PM.
Apparently the Safeway massacare shooter, Jared Loughner, loved the books Mein Kampf and the Communist Maniefesto. The Daily Caller reports:
Jared Lee Loughner, the man believed responsible for the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of at least five others Saturday, left his MySpace friends a “goodbye” before his page was apparently taken down.
His YouTube page, in which he lists both The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf among his favorite books, is still operational. Incidentally, Congresswoman Giffords is Jewish.
More to come…
*UPDATE* – January 8, 2011 – 9:06 PM.
Hot Air reports:
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.
I don’t know about you, but I find this video really freaky…