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. jackalope

    He looks like Timothy McVeigh's pal, Michael Fortier.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jo

    WHAT ABOUT GUN CONTROL??? MOST PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HAVE HANDGUNS

    January 9, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Jo, Gun control ??? Really? Come on . There are already over 20 thousand gun laws in this country one more IS NOT going to stop a person that wants to commit a crime. Get your head out of the sand.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. vikingslost

    Does Arizona require a permit to carry a gun? If so, did Loughner have a permit to carry?

    I'm sure Rush Limbaugh is jumping with glee since it was a Democrat Representative of Congress that was shot.

    My prayers go out to all the families and victims of this horrendous act.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      No permit required in AZ law to not require went into effect within this year... No wonder there has been such an increase in public shootings in AZ...

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

      Please, let's not jump on "gun control." As a firearms and woman's self defense instructor, "controlling guns" will do nothing to stop violence. The perp shot Gabby point blank. Which is to say... gun, knife, etc the perp would have injured her anyway.

      The division of the mostly male dominated political parties needs to stop. The politicians need to forget "parties" and work together for the good and betterment of America.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Tastes Like Chicken

      VikingsLost, please clarify whether you were serious or were simply using rhetorical exaggeration to make a point, as my lowly intellect can't determine your intentions. Thanks! - I'm sure Rush Limbaugh is jumping with glee since it was a Democrat Representative of Congress that was shot.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. nana

    wow, what a shame that had to happen, especially to a little nine year old, whom they dont talk much about, im sure she was important, i feel srry for all, but u know this problem will never go away, weather your liberal or democratic, its just the way the world is, it is not going to get better it is going to get worse, its to late to start cleaning up the guns, should have nip in the bud when they first had the chance, look at mexico and who runs that, the druggies, and some of your own called important people right in there, so u can call each other down to the ground if u want, talking about rednecks or liberals, it dont matter all people are is getting a big pay check, for what, talk is cheap

    January 9, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. buckeye

    Symbolic of the new America which could have been raised to maturity if love instead of hate took over, the 9 year old kid killed was born on 9/11. Hatred and violence are winning in Arizona, America, Afghanistan. Thanks a lot militarists and tea baggers. A requiem for America (the Beautiful) is needed in times like these. Fascism anyone?

    January 9, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Wolff

    Anyone else notice a similarity in the face between the shooter and this individual in the surveillance photo? Both have a similarly large nose.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. DavidF

    Looks like a disguise. Not a naturally receding hair line, plus the nose and chin look unnaturally long. There was recently an article in the headlines about terrorists potentially using extreme disguises. Could be the first case.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Palin

    Saran Palin is to blame for this shootin,cause she is jalouseeee for another female democrat

    January 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You libs are sure quick to put the misguided blame on Palin, Bush, or whoever connected to the Republican party, but you never want to put the blame on the person that committed the crime. Oh no, they are just victims of the system! Right? And guess who will be defending them in court? A liberal defense attorney, who has a sole job of helping the guilty go free. This guy was a true liberal, one just has to read his ramblings.

      I ask, where is the outrage over thousands of innocent babies dying each day? There is none because you people are not truly outraged over the crime, you are perpetually outraged at anything that does not fit the liberal template. You libs should be outraged over abortions because it is liberals getting abortions, meaning thousands of potential liberals are dying each day. I would bet my life savings that the same liberals directing their anger at the wrong people would be on here cheering if Palin or any other of the libs favorite targets were harmed.

      If liberals used logic and common sense, they would be conservatives.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Marie

    Photo is on main page, An with all the pictures being taken, etc, hopefully more will come. Please quit giving this man his insanity defense.. no proof he is mentally iill...some people are evil and know exactly what they are doing. If using his "tweets" and youtube is a measure of mental illness, ya'allevery1 better check your own ramblings

    January 9, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ike

    You all need to do what I am going to do this morning, go to church and pray for this country! We all are here for the same reason, that makes this country great; so let's be thankful!!!

    January 9, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. susanl

    This IS a political problem. He went to her for a reason or else he would have gone to any store or area to kill people but where did he go? Both parties need to listen to what the sheriff said. Be carefull of your rhetoric remarks, free speach is fine, but there will be consequences. To me, the type of negative bashing to the point of what Sarah Palin did with the crosshairs and her "death panel; remark was to incite the minds of the sick and deranged. Both parties, all people, need to start thinking before they spew their free speech.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Cranky

      Susan,
      Granted, it's a political problem ... but if you read this guy's ranting you'll probably begin to note that his problem was with the system rather than with the ideologies of the right or the left. He was largely incoherent, and that incoherency spilled over into his fractured take on politics.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. mitchell

    everyone is talking poitics, this was an act of someone so depraved they would shot a 9 year old girl. that is so sad and deranged I can't even compemplate how anyone would do something like that. We should all be talking about warming up the chair for him.

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

      You see no irony in you last comment?

      January 9, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • mitchell

      Irony because I can't wrap my head around someone who points a gun at a child and shoots, but that I know that we will be better off without that person. You may find that ironic, but you obviosly think you're really witty too.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Papa Joe

    If someone yells fire & someone is killed in the mass exodus but it was a prank we can prosecute them for manslaughter. If someone puts cross hairs on u & you are killed or shot ????? No hate here, I am just really wondering are all people held responsible no matter who they are?

    January 9, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Larry

    Find him now–this is 2011 and we can read a watch from miles above the earth!

    January 9, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. kevin

    Isn't it funny how Fox news told it viewer to not draw any conclusion about this being political motivated. Meanwhile, if this person were to be of other races they would be the first one to tell us that it's terrorism. Fox news is not a new network and maybe just maybe they the reasons we have so many knuckle heads out there.

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