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USA Congresswoman Giffords Shot in Tucson

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    TUCSON — Gabrielle Giffords, a congresswoman from Arizona, was shot in the head on Saturday at a public event held at a grocery store in Tucson. President Obama, in a statement, said that she had been “gravely wounded” and said that others had died.

    At least 12 people had been reported injured, with some media outlets including a federal judge among the wounded. The Capitol police in Washington reported that a gunman was being held.

    Ms. Giffords, 40, was taken to University Medical Center in Tucson, the trauma center for the area, about 10 miles away. Darci Slaten, a hospital spokeswoman, said earlier in the afternoon that Ms. Giffords was in surgery.

    In his statement, Mr. Obama called the shooting “an unspeakable tragedy.”

    He said that “a number of Americans were shot in Tuscon, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.”

    “We do not yet have all the answers,” Mr. Obama continued. “What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”

    CNN quoted a public information officer for the sheriff’s office as saying that the shooting had occurred around 10 a.m. local time.

    Dr. Steven Rayle, a former emergency room doctor who now works in a hospice, said that he had witnessed the shootings. He said the congresswoman was standing behind a table outside the Safeway greeting passersby when the gunman approached her from behind, held a gun about a foot from her head and began firing.

    “He must have got off 20 rounds,” he said. Ms. Giffords slumped to the ground and staff members immediately rushed to her aid, Dr. Rayle said.

    Dr. Rayle said he performed CPR on some of the victims. He said one of the victims was a young child and appeared to be in critical condition with a gunshot wound.

    He said that one of the staffers tackled the gunman and that he and others helped detain the suspect. The doctor described the gunman as a white male in his mid-20s with short hair and “dressed in a shabby manner.”

    An employee at a nearby store told CNN that he heard a steady stream of gun fire that appeared sustained and “random.” Shortly after, emergency vehicles filled the parking lot around the grocery story and cordoned off the area.

    The shooting occurred at a Safeway supermarket in northwest Tucson as Ms. Giffords hosted an event, called “Congress on Your Corner, to allow members of the 8th Congressional District to meet her individually. She 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.

    Last March, her Tucson office was vandalized a few hours after the House vote overhauling the nation’s health care system, the authorities said. Earlier events in Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, and Douglas had attracted between 75 and 150 people, according to a statement announcing the event. This was her first event since her re-election to a third term in November.

    Ms. Giffords, 40, was interviewed on Fox news on Friday to talk about a bill to cut to congressional salaries by 5 percent.

    She married Cmdr. Mark E. Kelly, 46, a NASA astronaut and Navy pilot from New Jersey, in December 2007 at a wedding attended by Robert B. Reich, the former Labor secretary.

    “Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society,” John A. Boehner, the new House speaker, said in a statement. “Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/us/politics/09giffords.html?hp
     

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    This is the latest in updates, with a suspect captured.

    [Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] Chief Judge John Roll was among 6 people killed at an Arizona constituent meeting outside a Tucson grocery store Saturday.

    [Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET] The suspect in a shooting at an Arizona constituent meeting at a Tucson grocery story is a white male and born in 1988, CNN's Jeanne Meserve has confirmed from a federal law enforcement source.

    Six people have died, including a 9-year-old girl, and 12 were injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, authorities said.

    [Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET] Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition and a young child has died after a shooting at a political meeting at an Arizona grocery store, a hospital spokesman said Saturday.

    Giffords, who was hosting the event, is under anesthesia after undergoing surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head "through and through," said Dr. Peter Rhee, Trauma Director at the University Medical Center in Tucson.

    "The Congresswoman is not deceased. She is in critical condition," Rhee said in a press conference. "I am very optimistic about recovery."

    Giffords publicized the "Congress on Your Corner" meet-up at the Safeway in her southern Arizona district on her Twitter account.

    Read the complete story on CNN.com

    [Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET] Six people have died and 12 - including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - were injured in a shooting at a political meeting at a Tuscon, Arizona, grocery store Saturday, according to Rick Kastigar of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

    [Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET] A suspect is in custody in the shootings of at least 12 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at an constituent meeting at an Arizona grocery store, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.

    "The suspect is in custody. No further details on the motive or other victims are available at this time," the statement said. "The U.S. Capitol Police are directly involved in this investigation. As more information is developed, it will be provided. In the interim, all Members and staff are advised to take reasonable and prudent precautions regarding their personal security."

    A statement from President Obama confirmed that some people had died.

    "This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tuscon, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded," he said.

    "We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers."

    [Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET] Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is currently undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the head, a spokeswoman for the University Medical Center in Tucson said.

    Nine patients were brought to the hospital, including a child. All of them are in either serious or critcial condition and are undergoing surgery, spokeswoman Darci Slaten said.

    A federal judge was also among those shot, a law enforcement official said. It is not clear whether he was among those taken to the hospital.

    [Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET] There were conflicting reports Saturday about the condition of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords following a shooting Saturday at a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store. Giffords' press secretary said the congresswoman remains in surgery for her injuries, disputing an earlier report from a law enforcement source saying she had died.

    [Updated at 2:23 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords died Saturday after a gunman opened fire at a Tuscon, Arizona grocery store, a law enforcement source said. Giffords, who had been holding a meeting with constituents, was among at least 12 people shot.

    [Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among at least 12 people shot at a Tuscon, Arizona, grocery store, a Democratic source told CNN's Dana Bash. The source called her injuries "pretty serious."

    [Updated at 1:41 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents at a Safeway grocery store in Tuscon, Arizona, where at least 12 people were injured in a shooting shortly after 10 a.m. MST Saturday, a spokesman for the Pima County sheriff's Department said. It is unclear whether Giffords was among those hurt.

    "Several" people were shot Saturday at a grocery store in Tucson,
    Arizona, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department said. No otherdetails were immediately available.
     

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    (CNN) -- A gunman intended to assassinate a U.S. representative when he opened fire outside a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket Saturday, killing six and wounding 12 including the congresswoman, the local sheriff said hours after the shooting.

    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was in critical condition late Saturday after surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head. The dead included a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, authorities said.

    One suspect was in custody immediately after the shooting, and investigators were "actively in pursuit" of a second man whom they believed may be involved in the attempted assassination, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Saturday night.

    Two people tackled the suspected shooter, stopping a spray of bullets from what federal and state law enforcement sources described as a 9mm Glock outfitted with a 30-round magazine.

    Dupnik said the suspect in custody is 22, but declined to name him. An Arizona law enforcement source and a federal law enforcement source, meanwhile, identified the suspect as Jared Lee Loughner.

    The suspect was being held in the Pima County jail, Dupnik said. He was expected to appear in court Sunday morning,

    Dupnik said investigators are not convinced that the suspect came to the supermarket alone. He said investigators were looking for a man seen near the suspect.

    Authorities did not know whether the person they sought actually had any connection with Loughner, a law enforcement source told CNN.

    Authorities have a piece of evidence that indicates this second individual was in close proximity to the store, the source said, but declined to elaborate.


    Investigators were trying to interview witnesses to determine if there was a connection between the two men, the source said.

    That source also said authorities were seeking search warrants for a residence and for a vehicle in connection with the suspect in custody.

    The attack happened about 10 minutes after the start of a previously scheduled constituent meeting outside a Safeway grocery store.

    Although U.S. Capitol Police said there was no evidence of a broader threat involving federal officials, the agency said in a statement it had advised other members of Congress to take "reasonable and prudent precautions regarding their personal safety and security."

    The House Sergeant at Arms also said "it is essential" that lawmakers contact local police to register their home and office addresses.

    Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said his department had secured the homes and offices of some unnamed federal officials as a "precautionary measure."

    At a news conference, Dupnik said the shooter moved towards the crowd and began firing. It was unclear if he said anything or who was shot first, Dupnik said.

    An employee of a nearby business, Jason Pekau, said he heard 15 to 20 shots.

    Two people tackled the gunman, who still had ammunition remaining, Dupnik said.

    Police recovered a 9mm Glock Model 19 handgun believed used in the shooting, according to senior law enforcement sources. The weapon had a 30-round magazine, according to a federal law enforcement source briefed on the investigation.

    "He probably would have shot other people had he not been tackled," Dupnik said.

    Five people, including Chief Judge John Roll of the U.S. District Court for Arizona and Gabe Zimmerman, a Giffords staffer, died at the scene. The sixth victim, a 9-year-old girl, was pronounced dead at a hospital.




    http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/08/arizona.shooting/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1

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    A sampling of the Arizona shooting suspect's social-media postings

    CNN) -- Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in Saturday's shooting at a Democratic congresswoman's meeting with her constituents in Arizona, had a limited life on social-media sites, including YouTube and MySpace. Here's a sampling of some of the messages that CNN found on Loughner's pages:

    MySpace

    December 26, 2010:

    I'm not going to change the mistakes, you don't know - funny! (I think the CIA watches my-space)

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    December 30, 2010:

    Literate Letter: Dear Reader, Brainwash.

    .....Dear Reader,..... I'm searching. Today! With every concern, my shot is now ready for aim. The hunt, a mighty thought of mine

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    December 30, 2010:

    I now understand a certain word -- Cult!

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    Law enforcement sources identified Jared Lee Loughner, pictured here in 2005, as the suspect.
    Law enforcement sources identified Jared Lee Loughner, pictured here in 2005, as the suspect.

    December 30, 2010:

    I know how to graduate without a cult ceremony: Please! Don't think of murdering.

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    January 8, 2010 (posted at about 5 a.m. MT):

    Good-bye friends.

    Dear friends,.....Please don't be mad at me. The literacy rate is below 5%. I haven't talked to one person who is literate.

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    YouTube

    December 15, 2010:
    AZ shooting suspect may have had help
    Witness: Gunman 'ready for war'
    Doctor: I helped hold down suspect

    If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

    I define terrorist.

    Thus a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

    If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.

    You call me a terrorist.

    Thus the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.

    View the video on YouTube

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    December 15, 2010:

    The majority of citizens in the United States of America have never read the United States of America's Constitution.

    You don't have to accept the federalist laws.

    Nonetheless, read the United States of America's Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.

    You're literate, listener?

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    December 15, 2010:

    In conclusion, reading the second United States constitution I can't trust the current government because of the ratifications: the government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.

    No! I won't pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver!

    No! I wont trust in God!

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    December 15, 2010:

    The majority of people, who reside in District-8 are illiterate - hilarious. I don't control your English grammar structure, but you control your English grammar structure.

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    November 30, 2010:

    Fraud If I'm not receiving the purchase from a payment then I'm a victim of fraud. I'm not receiving the purchase from a payment. Therefore, I'm a victim of fraud. All purchases for an educational course in The United States as of now are unconstitutional in the United States of America because of Section 10 in the United States of America's Constitution. A student paying for a Pima Community College course is a purchase for an educational course in the United States as of now. Therefore, a student paying for a Pima Community College course is unconstitutional in the United States of America because of Section 10 in the United States of America's Constitution.

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    bollywoodsargam.com

    Date posted unknown:

    Hello, and welcome my classified leak of information that's of the United States Military to the student body and you. Firstly, I want you to understand this from the start. Did you know grammar is double blind, listener? Secondly, if you want to understand the start of revelatory thoughts then listen to this video. I'll look at you (expletive) Anarchists who have a problem with them illegal illiterate pigs. :-D If you're a citizen in the United States as of now, then your constitution is the United States. You're a citizen in the United States as of now. Thus, your constitution is the United States. Laugh. I'll let you in on their little cruel joke that's genocidal. They're argument is appeal to force on their jurisdiction with lack of proof of evidence. Each subject is in question for the location!

    Note: A video that accompanied this text was pulled by the user.

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