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. revelations 13:7

    here's another fun fact that was conveniently skimped over: the shooting was stopped by an armed citizen... yup, well before the authorities arrived.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. pro death penalty

    This is one reason why whackjobs like this one kill innocent people. They know they can strike a bargain and live in a jail cell free on taxpayer expense for the rest of their sorry life.

    Id send him to Iraq to be a landmine detector and spare our boys their lives

    August 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Very well stated. He'd serve us well by stepping on a landmine. And he could invite his GOT friends to participate. They'd do this country a big favor.

      August 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Leonardo

    That giant pic of him scares the bejeebus outa me

    August 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Yes, look at that picture.
      That is the face of insanity.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. revelations 13:7

    it's the gun's fault... not the individuals history of drug abuse and mental illness...

    August 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy©

    I am glad that he pled guilty.
    I am glad he'll never see freedom again.
    He spared the taxpayers and the victims a long, drawn out trial.
    Non of his civil rights have been violated any more than those who he maimed and killed with impunity.
    I hope I do not have to look at this man's picture much longer...

    August 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • s kel

      he should be hung with no news story, and have acid poured on him.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    He is insane and the fact that he was displaying symptoms of psychosis as a teen makes me wonder where his family was. If someone I loved was hearing voices and acting irrationally, they would be brought to a doctor at once. This thing was treated in Missouri and even though Dr. Pietz is respected in the field of forensics there is no way she alone diagnosed him and prescribed a course of meds. Perhaps the real guru of this case chose to remain anonymous and I will respect that. If they warehouse him in Arizona he will be in Florence and Sheriff Joe doesn't play. Put him in the general populace and they can take care of his demise. As a citizen of this state I am sickened that my tax dollars will go toward his care.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      @dazzle:
      I can well understand your feelings; that being said, I am awfully glad at whoever got this thing in a well enough condition to understand what he did and choose the wisest course: pleading guilty.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    @banasy, at least he (his legal team) saved the tax payers some money not to endure a lengthy trial. let alone the true victims having to revisit this.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. saywhat

    I tend to agree with both@banasy and@ dazzle
    That he was made to plead guilty does save tax payers money on a long drawn out legal battle and that our tax dollars would still go to preserve this 'specimen' for I don't know how long. But thats the way of the legal system.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Are you people insane like this looney? A plea would avoid a lenghty trial? Really? This lunatic murdered six civilians in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses and you people actually believe a jury would have deliberated for months? I doubt it. Let's face it, our justice system is the most corrupt and flawed in the world.

      August 8, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    Thanks for that @saywhat and @banasy.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Rascal Rabble

    y'all can take the crazy picture down now...yah done gotcha conviction...

    August 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr Dalloway

      Yeah I just cannot look directly at his face CNN should have used an updated photograph if at all possible.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Yep! A whack-job from the day he was born... c'mon
    What happened to him? To find the why is to find the solution... wouldn't you say?
    Note that back in May 25, 2011 – Burns rules that Loughner is not competent to stand trial.
    Then June 29, 2011 – Burns sides with prison do\ctors and rejects a motion from defense attorneys to stop Loughner's forced med\ication.
    Is this to make him competent enough to say it wasn't the drugs? Hmmm
    And finally:
    August 31, 2011 – An appeals court in San Francisco hears arguments from Loughner's lawyers to try to end the forcible med\ication. They argue that criminal defendants have a const itutional 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.

    Note this part: government's primary goal is to make suspects competent enough to be convicted and possibly sentenced to death.

    What happened to him?
    Or do you just want someone to throw stones at?

    August 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dazzle ©

      @Mary, well it is up for debate whether he was born with a psychotic gene. He had the best medical care while in Missouri BUT not by prison doctors. I don't give him an inch to move on claiming he was insane when he did the shooting. Nothing short of death is the answer.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. K. Bryant

    I am too but she aint no threat

    August 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mary

    If you know his true history; what meds he took before coming into the spot light so to speak, then you have something.
    God doesn't make mistakes, man does. Following that train of thought, who made Antidepressents ... man did, and for people with sleeping disorders, for crying out loud !
    Give me examples of this kinda violence happening BEFORE the SSRI's came to be, just one example.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mary

    If the gene theory you speak of were true, then why isn't there any cases cited before WW2? why!

    August 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mary

    What, all the sudden we sprouted a bad GENE, please
    Throw some more stones.
    It's obvious that some have no real interest in ending this madness.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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