January 9th, 2011
04:57 AM ET

Person of interest sought in Arizona mass shooting

Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify a person who is possibly associated with the suspect in Saturday's mass shooting in Arizona.

A gunman went to a town hall meeting at the Safeway supermarket in Tucson. Six people were killed and 12 others were wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Early Sunday morning, investigators released a surveillance camera photo of a man who was seen at the location where the shooting occurred.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters Saturday that authorities were searching for a second individual who was a "person of interest" in the investigation.

He is described as a white male, approximately 40 to 50 years old. He has dark hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark blue jacket.

If you have any information about the individual, you are asked to contact 911, 88-CRIME or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (520) 791-6974.


Filed under: Arizona • Crime • Gabrielle Giffords
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  1. J. Cash

    Start looking on Indian reservations:

    http://www.stjohnsaz.com/reservations.html

    January 9, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. anonymous

    looks like mitt romney....just sayin

    January 9, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. The King

    Where is a good old fashioned serial killer when you need him? These kids today, always in a hurry, wanting it all right now.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ed

    True Americans solve their political differences at the ballot box! Other dispotes we solve in a courtroom. Those above that have said that they had hoped that some other person they did not agree with should have been shot dirserve to live in some other country that solves their political ptoblemd by revolution.
    And just because some other right or left wing politician targeted a canidate in the election process does not warrent them an arrest. What we all need is more respect for the apposing view. When your side looses at the ballot box, accept it and try to make your point the next time around. We can't all have it 199% our way!

    January 9, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. SheilaC

    I must say that as an Arizonan and American I am deeply dismayed by the degree of outright hostility and the political positioning being done over this senseless tragedy today. Six people lost their lives, and many others were wounded, half of them critically. What kind of insensitivity lives in your hearts to post this kind of hatred on the articles of todays events. I am sickened by the whole lot of you. All it shows to me and the world is the moral decay gripping our country. The shooting pales in comparison to the seething hatred you people are spewing out here.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • madcap

      As an Arizonan you should be dismayed over how this guy got possession of a handgun, given reports that his mental problems were well-known before this. You know, Arizona, an open carry state where folks show up to rallies with semi-automatic rifles, governors and senators make up stories about brown-skinned murders who supposedly decapitate their victims, and where a lunatic attempted to assassinate a Congresswomen and killed a judge, a 9-year old girl and two others in the process. Where was the saving grace of an armed citizen to stop this man, like the NRA would have us believe? No, he was tackled by some anonymous hero.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • DHB

      Sheila, I am an Arizonan and I disagree.We NEED to address to address the root of the cause which is the heated rhetoric in today's politics.I'm sick of people like you who want to turn and look the other way and then all of a sudden get sentimental. The gunman first of all had a criminal record and should have never been able to get a gun- BUT was able to thanks to our new gun law that was passed as a way to keep Obama from taking away our gun rights. Also, yes, Loughner was mental and unbalanced, but he still had a motive. His motive was rooted in fears and conspiracy theories that have been put out there by others who are NOT deemed as mentally ill. Theories of one world currency, taking back his civil rights- where do you think those ideas came from? OPEN YOUR EYES!

      January 9, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Pavlos Xorofas

      Well, it was a liberal rally. So who's carrying? Liberals don't believe in concealed carry and they hate firearms. If this was attempted at a conservative rally, the perp would have been riddled after his first shot.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      I bet all 30 shots this "perp" squeezed off happened within a second or two. You love to believe that you could have calmly pulled out your concealed weapon and "Clint Eastwooded" this guy, but the FACTS of the matter are that he emptied that clip before ANYONE could have reacted. He hit 18 people with those shots and was military trained. You delude yourself, Tex.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. OKAISA

    Thanks to the American Gun Lobby that this is happening. As long as guns are available so freely , there will allways be a lunatic at hand ready to pull the trigger. It makes it that much easier.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • jc

      guns are made for protection not a cowardly act of violence this is not about gun laws but rather about the inocent people who lost their lives by a lunatic

      January 9, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • madcap

      Yeah like jc said here... clearly, the gun used by the assailant was made for protection. It let him kill in cold blood anyway. But I'm sure if he didn't have that gun, he would have poked the victims to death.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • DHB

      JC, this is about gun laws- IN ARIZONA. In ARIZONA, you dont need a gun permit to carry a concealed weapon. In ARIZONA, the new law does away with many background checks. Loughner had a CRIMINAL record and was still able to by a gun legally- in ARIZONA. This has everything to do with our new gun laws.

      January 9, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Vikingfish

      Here we go again. Blame the guns and gun laws. If guns kill people, then it is the guns fault? OK, Cars kill people everyday, time to ban cars. 3,000 people died due to 3 hijacked airplanes. Time to ban airplanes. That is your logic, and it is flawed. But he could have easily rammed a car full of explosives into this crowd, right? We will never be able to get rid of all guns, period. This means lunatics will always get them. The numbers show restrictions do nothing. If someone there had a carry permit and was packing, far less folks would have died because this pinhead would have been cut down. What a sad, knee jerk, reactionary society we have become.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Viking: Your argument is convoluted at best. Cars and airplanes are not DESIGNED to kill people. Guns are. your point is a FAIL.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. laiiblvd

    so what? there are children being killed all over the world!

    January 9, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. jusMe

    HE is a person of interest? Why? They have no proof on anything, just a picture of a guy standing in the area! We are not a FREE country!

    January 9, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Squid

      A "person of interest" does NOT imply the person is guilty of anything. It means that they are, probably, a material witness to the crime in some way. It is not an implication of their guilt or innocence, just that the police need to talk to them about what happened or what they know. The term was created because of the implications of saying someone was "involved in the crime" or "is a suspect."

      January 9, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Big Chief

    Don't really care about politics or the dirt bag shooter. Hearts and prayers for the families involved.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Yes I. Would

    Are you kidding me? That's John A. Boehner!!! Look at the nose! "We the people in order to form a more perfect union........."

    January 9, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Pavlos Xorofas

      Can't be Boehner. He's not weeping.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dee K

    This is just sad. People saying things like it happened in Arizona, a bigoted state. So it's expected to happen?? Did you forget that six people are dead? Forget politics for one second. No matter what this kid's motive is it does not directly reflect every person that lives in AZ. There are heartless killers everywhere. And making jokes about the situation is inappropriate on so many levels. What if it was your family at Safeway at the wrong place at the wrong timeThis is just sad. People saying things like it happened in Arizona, a bigoted state. So it's expected to happen?? Did you forget that six people are dead? Forget politics for one second. No matter what this kid's motive is it does not directly reflect every person that lives in AZ. There are heartless killers everywhere. And making jokes about the situation is inappropriate on so many levels. What if it was your family at Safeway at the wrong place at the wrong time

    January 9, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • DHB

      Dee, what rock are you living under? No one has said that every person in Arizona is a bigot, and no, we have NOT forgotten that 6 people were killed? How do I know we haven't forgotten, because people are actually starting to confront the root of the cause so that we can avoid this in the future. You would have us turn a blind eye and place the blame on something other than it really is, but America is not going to do that. People are fed up. People are tired of tolerating the minority of hateful voices that have sought to impose their beliefs on the rest of society. Maybe had we confronted the issue for what it really is, 6 people would not have lost their lives!

      January 9, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. jusMe

    Zionist run news! Scare the people! Right? They even put up the wrong pic of the guy! Come on! Wake up people! This is a scare tactic. Prayers to the families and victims, but also praying and knowing that the Christians will win this fight! Although this young man had no right to do what he did, he has made many valid points! Stand up for your freedom!

    January 9, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Zeke

    He used violence and fear for political/religious coercion without regard to the safety of non-combatants... If they give him the death penalty will he get 40 virgins in the afterlife? Oh wait, that's the other side. What do Christian terrorists get?

    January 9, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    WoW! So, much hate, so much ignorance.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. madcap

    Whether the shooting had political motivations or were solely the actions of lunatic, one must admit that putting the Congresswoman on a 'hit list' and cultivating a climate of violence through discussions of "second amendment remedies" seems, in retrospect, to be of pretty poor taste at the very least.

    It's like rhetorically wishing someone dead and then finding out they suffered some gruesome death. Your wish may not have caused their death, but it got fulfilled all the same, and most people would feel pretty chagrined about it. The tea baggers and their masters deserve to be on the defensive over this.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
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