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. Jeff

    Just curious on why the police think this guy could be involved? From what they said on Saturday...the suspect isn't talking.

    So..if the suspect isn't talking..what makes the police think this guy is involved? Just because he was standing there by himself?

    January 9, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. sothatyouknow

    With that mullet and hairline he should be found pretty quickly.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. samp

    dead birds, dead polticians – same difference – it's all bad.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. tanya

    true picture of a terriost...meth head white male...tea-bagger-repulician

    January 9, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. jason g

    maybe that's Wheeler in his confused state.

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

    Home Grown American Terrorist!

    January 9, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. jason g

    maybe that's Wheeler in his confused state. wait. He's got both shoes on.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. T DIDDY

    Anyone who suggests that this guy is aligned with Democrats is misinformed. The NYT article states that he believes in the Gold Standard and considers women who have abortions as baby executioners. Both positions are radically conservative (lower case, not to be identified with all Republicans). Just because one uninformed person said he was liberal doesn't make it so. We are becoming a third world nation. You have to be strapped or have bodyguards if you are a public figure; so sad.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. GL

    Sara Palin is to blame and her Polticial career is over.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • sanejames

      It's ALL over Sarah in Wonderland. THE TEA PARTY IS OVER!

      January 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • sanejames

      TURN OUT THE LIGHTS..THE PARTY'S OVER!

      January 9, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ed Bailey

    Some of us liberals really like our hydroshock ammo.you can never tell a book by its cover. But you can spot wide open beainwashing lunatic fringe hate mongers. They repeat their rhetoric until hypnosis set in. They need willing, slighly less than normal intelligence people WHO NEED SOMEONE TO LEAD THEM BECAUSE THEY CANNOT THINK FOR THEMSELVES. The holy grail following that Psycho Hannity has in the republican run cesspool named after native americans proves my point. That would be utah, where civil rights don't mean jack,and the facade is as Phony as their patriotic fervor.behind closed doors I assure you the local admirers of karlrowe are licking their chops at a congressional seat from this horror. Innocently slain good people are like stepping stones to nirvana to this out of control republican money hungry elite.if americans cannot visualize the real motive,my sympathy doesn't go out to you,it goes to the VICTIMS of the crosshair revolution the OUT OF CONTROL party!

    January 9, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. master G

    I agree that this was put in motion by GOP. I am afraid it will not stop here, there is more to come.
    The ones who incite such actions should be prosecuted, regardless of party affiliation. Is this really what the future holds for this country?

    January 9, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Yeah, it is, if we continue to be influenced by people like you who takes an event such as this and use it to spout their hatred toward a particular group without any evidence that group was involved. You, and those like you, are the problem.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      I absolutely agree. I was taken aback at the number of incendiary remarks made by Sarah Palin during the presidential elections that pretty much got ignored by the mass media. This should have been nipped in the bud.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Oops – sorry ... I'm not agreeing with you, Eric. I'm agreeing masterG

      January 9, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • mitchell

      Why should free speech be abridged for someone so depraved they would kill a 9 year old girl. Was that about politics too? or just a heavily disturbed individual

      January 9, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamilton

      Hey Master G - You MORONIC COMMENT is noted and 100% COUNTERED with the TRUTH: ""The Communist Manifesto" and Hitler's "Mein Kampf" were among the favorite reading materials of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspected gunman in today's fatal shooting that reportedly left six dead and gravely injured a U.S. congresswoman."

      Read more: Assassin's politics lean 'left wing, quite liberal' http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=248829#ixzz1AYG2UlvY

      Truth HURTS, doesn't it, you DNC operative?

      January 9, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamilton

      Let's re-post this: "One user on Twitter, Caitie Parker, wrote she went to high school, college and was in a band with the gunman. She said she hadn't seen him since 2007. Parker wrote of Lougher, "As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal and oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy."

      She also described him as "more left."

      Read more: Assassin's politics lean 'left wing, quite liberal' http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=248829#ixzz1AYGxznZ5

      January 9, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Kipford

      Hamilton is quoting World Net Daily which has the honor of running a piece claiming that 9/11 was God raising a sword against New York. Brillaint...brilliant. WND openly admits that they do not review their stories before publishing them.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      Mein Kampf has a lot more in common with neo-con philosophy than liberal philosophy.

      The person spreading rumors that he was a democrat has not been vetted, and as such, it must be considered hearsay, and not reliable.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      I agree, the Party running the White House is responsible for putting this Country in the state its in! This is what makes crazy people do crazy things. When the White house makes so many decisions that take this country backwards and make things tougher for the average American – this is when unbalanced people do unbalanced things. Shame on us Democrats for heading this direction.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mitchell

      Kip, didn't they report that the crongresswoman was killed, who at AP fact checked that

      January 9, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • WendyArctic

      Check out the link listed below. Others attempted to reason with Sarah and to hep her realize that word do have power. Maps with "crosshairs" are dangerous.

      http://archivist.leapserve.com.../

      January 9, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • JasonB

      You are right and wrong. Politics has gotten out of hand. Seriously. Putting out an add that displays pictures of elected officials in crosshairs and using metaphors of violence and war to advocate ousting them is irresponsible. Irresponsible, but not punishable. This should be a wake-up call to our politicians and political players to conduct political discourse in a mature, amicable, and responsible fashion. However, with the tone of your angry comment, you are only feeding the fire and politicizing this tragedy, which is equally irresponsible. Let's not blur the lines of our freedom First Amendment rights here. I don't think Palin's actions were quite akin to yelling "fire!" in a crowded theatre, but they were morally ambiguous and irresponsible and I'm willing to bet that she takes home a lesson from this.

      Calling for a witch hunt of GOP and Tea Party members who campaign dirty is only going to escalate this conflict in the United States. This should be a lesson for all of our leaders to take a step back, take a deep breath, count to ten, and start fresh with a new tone.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • VeryOldMan

      It's true that we don't know the full facts. However, we can all condemn those "words" used by our political "leaders" that promote political violence, such as "targeting" political opponents, wanting "2nd amendment" solution, describing political opponents as "non-human", and labeling political opponents as "foreigners" taking over our country. We are not a third world country.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Sarah Palin= killer

      January 9, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • JasonB

      @Kurt – This isn't the fault of the White House. This is the fault of a lunatic with a gun and an internet connection. Right extremists are pointing the finger at the Left. Left extremists are pointing the finger at the right. Both parties are equally responsible for the condition of our nation today. However, neither party is responsible for this young man's mental instability.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mitchell

      So if a deranged person gets on here and reads all your comments about Palin and hypothetically does something, I doubt you would be holing yourself to account? Look at Jacks brillian post for god's sake and tell me where fox is that bad, or should his posts be blamed on masterG?

      January 9, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Fran

      they will bring a knife we will bring a gun
      get in their faces
      B. Obama....the enlightened one....and former cocaine addict

      January 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      rom the Arizona Secretary of State Voter Information Web site:

      Jared Lee Loughner
      7741 N Soledad Ave
      TUCSON, AZ 85741-1316
      Political Affiliation of record: REPUBLICAN
      Precinct Information: MTN VISTA UU
      3601 W Cromwell Dr
      TUCSON, AZ 85741

      January 10, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Eric

    Sad how so many people from so many viewpoints will take an event like this and twist it to parrot their stock political or religious views. Crazies on the "liberal" side will stand on the bodies of these dead people and use it to yell about conservatives and Sarah Palin, none of which were at all evident in this situation. Crazies on the "conservative" side will do the same find a way to blame it on Obama and liberals with no evidence this guy had ties to either. Moronic Christians will find a way to blame this on the fact the guy said he didn't believe in God, ignoring the fact that many who do believe in God do as bad or worse. Whack job athiests will assure us this proves Christians are worse, when it does nothing of the sort.

    If a tree fell over and hit thier car most of these people would spout the same lines, tailoring them only a very little to fit the situation.

    Aren't any of you bright enough to think? Don't any of you have enough going on in your head to take the facts, analyse them, come to a conclusion, and a develop a belief system based on that conclusion? Apparently not. Instead, you develop a liberal, conservative, religious, anti-religious belief system, review only that portion of the facts that fit your belief system (or, if none do, make up facts), and crow about how your beliefs have been proven right again.

    As Paul Simon sang, "a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

    Sheesh, people, even the usually-nasty and partisan politicians get it. So far, this was just a tragic act because of a apparently mentally unbalanced person. If facts later come to light indicating it was something else, we'll deal with it then. Until then, you're just proving the craziness of your particular political, religious, or anti-religious fringe with your noxious postings.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeModerate

      American Renaissance is a group that influenced the shooter. It's a far-right group. This has been reported by Fox and the DHS.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • PETER

      WELL EXPRESSED AS I HAVE STOPPED PEOPLE'S OPINIONS.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Kent Allard

      People are rightfully making a cognitive connection to the rabid political right because of things like Sarah Palin's PAC ads that put gunsights on Gabrielle Giffords. The right, with their fevered rhetoric, forget that words have meaning and consequences. I am reminded of George Bush's use of the word crusade during the run up to his Iraq War, oblivious to it's affect on people who understand the power of words. Then there is Tucker Carlson's suggestion that Michael Vick be executed, only to backtrack by saying it was foolish to think he meant it. Or the rights incessant use of the words socialist, muslim, etc., when speaking of Obama. And who can forget the right wing minion who spewed the word appeasement over and over to undermine an GOP opponent, only to be exposed as not even knowing what the word meant?

      When you use bombastic, hot burden words and images as a perpetual tool of manipulating malleable souls, eventually a damaged soul will do something horrifying. Wake up and wise up.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Malbert

      Well said Eric...well said...

      January 9, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • PETER

      WELL EXPRESSED AND WRITTEN. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS, ALONG WITH THE RUDENESS AND SOMETIMES HATRED. I HAVE STOPPED READING PEOPLE'S OPINIONS.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • kathy in PA

      Eric,
      I agree with much of what you say. However, people want to feel they have some control over not being gunned down on a moment's notice. I agree we should wait and learn more facts before assuming we know anything however, this is a tragic loss of life and as a society (wanting instant results to everything) I think you're coming down pretty hard on people. If anything, it's the 24 hr news cycle and access to social comment over the blogosphere that should be blamed...plus it's a quiet day and people obviously have way too much free time on their hands.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • tiny tony

      there are nuts or people whose minds are warped by a certain group, who lash out with the hatred that they see or hear. this 22year is pawn/soldier for whatever cause is against this congresswoman. now here is we come as citizens of this country. are going to celebrate the murders he commited or condemm him. in the middle east the murderers who blow up civilians to futher their cause are heros to those that chose to see it that way. we are not a united states when things like assassination attempts are commited by our own citizens.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim Parigoris

      It makes me sick for people to politicize this tragic event...This guy was a sicko. plain and simple.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      Sarah Palin has fomented anger and hatred for those who are not "real Americans", ever since she got what she always wanted: a place in the spotlight. We've seen that anger played out time and again, by people who have no idea what a fact is, and whose religious fervor and hatred, and willingness to bear false witness, belies their religious affiliations.

      This is the kind of thing that will happen when people incite people to hate. Trust me, I know.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      Crazy is crazy. Apparantly this guy was influenced by right wing groups – and according to at least one classmate – very involved with left wing groups and idealology. So this guy leaned BOTH ways – – So how do you blame one political side or the other? Its proof that neither MY or YOUR politics have nothing to do with it. This was a lost, disgruntled off-balanced nut – plain as that. You can't reason with crazy – so some of you posting on here are just ranting at your monitor........

      January 9, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Kent. While I agree that words are incendiary when used in certain ways. You should not call out Sarah Palin or "the right". "The left" and their minions do the same crap.Not right but they all do it.This event should be a wake up call to all of us . Do we really want our country to contiue down this path of hate we've been on for so long ?

      January 9, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • treejumper

      I agree Eric. Well said. Pointing the finger and spouting hate and blame towards others just makes the vicious cycle keep going. People assume things and jump to conclusions without knowing the facts and then attack, blame and create vitriol. All we know is he is clearly unbalanced. It is in the headlines all the time with mass murder school shootings on innocent people, and it has nothing to do with politics or the right and the left. But the Sheriff is right; the vitriol that both sides, right and left do in the media, doesn't help anyone. It just creates more anger and hatred. It is terribly sad when innocent people get killed or harmed in anyway because of unstable people.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • nicePost

      Spot on Eric! Glad to see there is at least one rational person left in this world.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      Absolute truth. Why does this have to be turned into a political/religious circus? We're talking about a deranged individual, focusing on skewed information and possibly horrific influences, and acting upon a psychotic rage, killing innocent individuals. Bottom line. The freedom of choice we have here, promotes individuals to have different opinions, but not BLAME non-involved persons, for things beyond anyone's control.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LUDA

    No way this dirt ball is only 50. I love that they put him between 40-50, are you f'ing kidding me? Are you people all blind. He is an old piece of white trash. I should know, I live in Toledo and this city is full of dirty white trash.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • TP Snow

      What do you have against old people? What do you have against poor white people? You need to look at your own prejudices.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • bigclay

      What kind of racial bigotry are you spouting. White trash, black trash, or any other color of trash are words that should never be made in a public arena. Perhaps if you would walk in their shoes you might change your messed up ideas.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. bigsk8fan

    this is what happens when conservative republicans and tea baggers continue to use vitriolic language when debating. sarah palin in particular put this congresswoman in her 'cross hairs'. what did she think was going to happen with her neocon followers? obviously, a neocon carried out this heinous act with assistance of another neocon.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jess

      What? The guy was insane. Plain and simple. Have you watched his youtube videos? He couldn't put one coherent thought together. I highly doubt he understood ANYTHING that was going on in the political world. I'm suprised he was able to get dressed and out the door, let alone plan an assasination.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Cranky

      Oh, Jeez ... the dude's a nut, plain and simple ... why do ignorant people always smell a conspiracy of the right or of the left?
      Both camps use a LOT of vitriolic speech, and have, since the inception of this nation. Nothing new. Occasionally, nutty people kill others (tragically). There doesn't need to be some sinister external force pushing an obviously mentally incoherent individual to violence.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Equisrider

      this is what happens whenliberal democrat andprogressives continue to use vitriolic language when debating against sarah palin in particular Many liberals put this congresswoman in their 'cross hairs'. what did they think was going to happen with their emotional followers? obviously, a liberal Jew hater carried out this heinous act with assistance of another liberal Jew hater.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • BriAllred

      Yeah but saying Bush lied and troops died was ok. Both sides need to stop the stupid talk

      January 9, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • bigclay

      I don't think SP has the intelligence to understand how that cross-hairs map could be misunderstood by a mentally deranged person who may look up to her as their idol. I am not saying that is what happened for sure but it could very easily have a connection. We will wait and see what they find out about the shooter. My take on SP is that she usually fires first than thinks later as was the case of this map. Why anyone clear thinking person would support her in a political campaign is beyond me.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. HeIsGod

    A few weeks ago, it was reported in the news, not on CNN, that White Americans suffer from mental problems more than any other race or Mexicans. No wonder we are more mass murderers within this race!!

    January 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • HeIsGod

      Correction:

      No wonder White Americans are more mass murderers within this race!!

      January 9, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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