Fast facts: 2011 Tucson shooting
August 7th, 2012
06:12 PM ET

Fast facts: 2011 Tucson shooting

Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in last year's mass shooting outside an Arizona supermarket in Tucson that killed six persons and wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 charges in exchange for the government not seeking the death penalty. Here are the fast facts about the case:

What happened

  • January 8, 2011: Six people are killed and 13 wounded at a "Congress on Your Corner" event sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, at a  grocery store. Giffords is shot in the head but survives.
  •  January 9, 2011: Suspect Jared Lee Loughner is charged in federal court with five counts: the attempted assassination of a member of Congress; the murders of Gabe Zimmerman and Judge John Roll; and the attempted murders of Pamela Simon and Ron Barber.
  •  August 7, 2012: Loughner pleads guilty to 19 charges in exchange for the government not seeking the death penalty.

Jared Lee Loughner

  • Born September 10, 1988
  • 2006: Loughner drops out of high school after his junior year, reportedly after being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.
  • 2007:  Loughner is arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, but the charges are dismissed.
  • 2007: Loughner meets Giffords at a community event. He develops a fixation on the congresswoman after he is unsatisfied with her answer to his question.
  • 2008: Tries to enlist in the Army but is rejected after failing a drug test.
  • 2010: Loughner is suspended from Pima Community College after displaying erratic behavior. He is told he can't return to campus unless he presents a doctor's note saying he is not a danger to himself or others. He voluntarily withdraws from the school.

A timeline of events:

  • November 30, 2010 – 22-year-old Jared Loughner purchases a 9mm pistol at a Tucson area gun store.
  • January 8, 2011 – About two and a half hours before the shootings, he is stopped by an Arizona Game and Fish Department officer for running a red light and is let go with a verbal warning.
  • January 8, 2011 – About 30 minutes before the shootings, Loughner takes a cab from a convenience store to the Safeway grocery store where Giffords' event is being held.
  • January 8, 2011 – (10:10 a.m.) -  Loughner allegedly opens fire on a crowd of people at the Giffords event. Six people are killed and 13 wounded. As Loughner attempts to reload his pistol, he is tackled and disarmed by several bystanders.
  • January 9, 2011 – Loughner is formally charged with five counts in federal court: the attempted assassination of a member of Congress; the murders of Gabe Zimmerman and Judge John Roll; and the attempted murders of Pamela Simon and Ron Barber.
  • January 10, 2011 – Loughner faces his first court appearance to formally hear the charges against him.
  • January 19, 2011 – A federal grand jury in Arizona indicts Loughner.
  • January 24, 2011 – Loughner pleads not guilty to all charges against him.
  • February 11, 2011 – Prosecutors file a procedural motion to dismiss two murder charges against Loughner, though they intend to refile the charges under a superseding indictment.
  • March 4, 2012 – Federal prosecutors file an additional 49 federal charges against Loughner.
  • March 9, 2011 - U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns enters "not guilty" pleas on behalf of  Loughner on 49 counts, including murder and attempted murder.
  • March 22, 2011 -  Burns orders Loughner to undergo a mental evaluation in Springfield, Missouri, no later than April 29.
  • May 25, 2011 -  Burns rules that Loughner is not competent to stand trial.
  • May 27, 2011 – Loughner arrives at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.
  • June 29, 2011 – Burns sides with prison doctors and rejects a motion from defense attorneys to stop Loughner's forced medication.
  • July 7, 2011 – Before a federal appeals panel, the defense argues that forcing Loughner to take mind-altering psychotropic drugs violates his rights.
  • July 12, 2011 – The federal court rules Loughner has not been convicted of a crime, therefore he has the right to refuse to take anti-psychotic medication.
  • July 22, 2011 – A federal appeals panel reverses the July 12 decision and orders that authorities can force Loughner to take anti-psychotic medication. Prosecutors had argued that his mental state is deteriorating and he is suicidal.
  • August 31, 2011 – An appeals court in San Francisco hears arguments from Loughner's lawyers to try to end the forcible medication. They argue that criminal defendants have a constitutional right to refuse mental treatment when the government's primary goal is to make suspects competent enough to be convicted and possibly sentenced to death.
  • September 28, 2011 – Judge Burns extends Loughner's treatment at a Missouri medical treatment facility for four more months, at which time Loughner's competency will be re-evaluated.
  •  January 8, 2012 -  Giffords attends a vigil in Tucson marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting. She leads the crowd of thousands in the Pledge of Allegiance and later lights a memorial candle for the six people killed.
  • January 25, 2012 – In front of the U.S. House of Representatives, Giffords resigns from office via statement read by U.S. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • August 7, 2012  – Burns determines that Loughner is competent to stand trial in a federal court in Tucson. Loughner pleads guilty to 19 charges in exchange for the government not seeking the death penalty.
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  1. Hope

    Jared...

    August 8, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Iceax

    @mary he gave up his rightes as soon as he pulled that trigger the first time does that not make any sense so therefore he should be forcibily medicated to stand trial and when its all over put a straight jacket on him for life and put him in a concret room this monster has no rights now final

    August 8, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Iceax

    If i had gone to prison thirty years ago i would of just been released two years ago my rights would of been taken away period no ifs ands or buts gone thats it i would of been outa luck said and done this guy will never see the light of day even if he is taken to a rec yard he will still see dark he sees no light in his condition all he knows is dark

    August 8, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Iceax

    Phillip your an idiot back to your dog house

    August 8, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    This guy murdered six civilians in cold blood in broad daylight before dozens of witnesses and the courts are plea bargaining with this dommestic terrorist for a lesser sentence if he pleads guilty to his hanous crime? What the hell is wrong with our justice system for crying out loud? Is this how we protect our citizens, by rewarding criminals for their awful crimes? And what about the hard drives the FBI confiscated from his computer? Just a few months after Sarah Palin painted crosshairs on a map of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords district, with the words "don't retreat, reload," that is exactly what this guy did and I just don't understand why domestic terrorists like Palin, Limbaugh and Nugent aren't detained at Gitmo! What a dumb country.

    August 8, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
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