Arizona shooting survivor sorry for outburst, companion says
James Eric Fuller, 63, was involuntarily committed after he made threats against a Tea Party member.
January 17th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Arizona shooting survivor sorry for outburst, companion says

A man who was wounded in the January 8 Arizona shootings "is apologetic and very sad" about his outburst at a recent town hall meeting in which he told a Tea Party leader "you're dead," a companion of the shooting victim said Monday.

The shooting victim, James Eric Fuller, gave Dorothy DeRuyter liberty to speak on his behalf, she told CNN.

"He wishes he could go back and do things differently," DeRuyter said.

Fuller, 63, was arrested and sent for a psychiatric evaluation after the town hall event in Tucson on Saturday. His comment came when the town hall discussion turned toward the issue of gun control, Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jason Ogan said.

ABC News reported that Fuller became agitated and mumbled something that prompted him to be detained by police. Footage showed most of the audience filtering out, seemingly unaware, during the confrontation.

Fuller was one of 19 people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who were shot at a political event at a Tucson supermarket on January 8. Six people died; Giffords, who was shot in the head, was upgraded to serious condition at a hospital on Sunday.

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  1. Sad1111

    This man is clearly troubled... Anyone who blames a news station that speaks the truth for inciting hate is clearly lost.. This is the all too popular islamist extremeist bs that pushes to silence anyone who speaks their mind and tells the truth. We must never let this type of intolerance to our freedoms take hold in america.. If we do, we will be the next Iran...

    January 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RUFFNUTT

    which one is which? left is gay,lazy and sit and get paid for being poor... and right is work and pay your bills and make your own way in life right?

    January 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mmmmm

      Sooooo effNnutts, the bad mortgages and defaulted loans was the result of the lefts and the crashed stock market and devalued dollar were the fault of the right...

      January 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary Scott

    I was happy to hear the gentleman who was injured during the Tucson massacre apologize for his outburst. Some others could take a lesson from him. If a wrongful act or speech is not acknowledged, it is bound to be repeated.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mary Scott

    I need a job. Please someone give me a chance to dialogue on the climate of our nation.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. cc

    Bob Pomeroy answered all the questions

    January 18, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ashton

    hatred is all liberals know. they blame and blame and in fact the murderer was an atheist communist, one of their own. delusional beyond belief.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mark5

    I think most victims of shootings suffer post traumatic stress afterward and don`t think straight. In Canada, Liberals like to use victims with post traumatic stress as poster people for more gun control. The victims there get lots of press coverage and their biased opinions are valued by those who want to ban guns.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Chuck Glisson

    If that was MY nine year old daughter that was killed, Mr. Trent Humphries would have gotten a LOT MORE than WORDS.

    I have NOTHING but PRAISE for YOU, James Eric Fuller.

    As far as Trent Humphries goes, THAT LOWLIFE PIECE of HUMAN FECES can go STRAIGHT to HELL!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • HoratioGalt

      I couldn't agree more. Right-wingers employ violent rhetoric everyday, then throw a tantrum when someone on the left has the balls to throw it back at them. Deal with it, crybabies.

      January 18, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. HoratioGalt

    He shouldn't be sorry. The right is composed of sociopaths and murderers. All he dead was utter a few words. Had the situation been reversed, had it been a left-winger hassling a right-winger like this, the right-winger would have murdered him.

    January 18, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/wish-you-were-here/

    January 18, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Betty

    Reports are coming out that Fuller has a rather sorted past. Pedophile changed his name etc Who knows what they will prove but maybe this guy has always been a creep. Thereis no excuse for what he did period. He made a choice to go there and threaten someone. If he was drugged up- did he drive there? No excuse for Loughner and no excuse for Fuller

    January 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Chuck Glisson

    Trent Humphries and ALL these ARIZONA TEA PARTY PIGS are examples of LIVING HUMAN FECES, and that INCLUDES Governor Jan Brewer and JOHN McCAIN!

    THESE CREEPS are REAL GOOD with their THREATS and VIOLENT ACTS, but it's funny how COWARDLY they are when they get THEIR OWN MEDICINE thrown BACK at them!

    Typical Bullies, WORTHLESS COWARDS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM!

    January 19, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
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