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,Â 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 thatÂ 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.
FullerÂ was one of 19 people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who were shotÂ at a politicalÂ event at a Tucson supermarket on January 8. Six people died; Giffords, who was shot in the head,Â was upgraded to serious condition at a hospitalÂ on Sunday.FULL STORY