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[Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET] A man who helped subdue the gunman in Saturday's Arizona shooting spree said the man was trying to reload when he was tackled to the ground.
"He was ready for war. He was not playing around," Joe Zamudio told CNN. "He was going to keep shooting. It was not over. He had just ran out of bullets."
The gun, which another bystander had wrestled from the gunman, was empty and cocked open, and the shooter had another magazine at the ready, Zamudio said.
Zamudio pinned him to the ground until police showed up. The suspect, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, is in custody of the Pima County Sheriff's Office, and authorities are obtaining search warrants for a residence and his vehicle. Authorities also are seeking a person of interest but his suspected connection to the incident is unclear.
Loughner is accused of shooting 18 people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a third-term Democrat who had organized the "Congress on Your Corner" meet and greet. Authorities believe the gunman had specifically targeted Giffords. She is in critical condition after undergoing surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head, but doctors said they¬†are optimistic over her prospects for recovery.
Eleven others were wounded in the shooting and six are dead, among them U.S. District Court Judge John Rolls, a friend of Giffords' who had stopped by the event to say hello after attending Mass, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said.
Also killed was ÔĽŅGiffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman, director of community outreach who had coordinated the event to introduce Giffords to her constituents.
A 9-year-old girl also was killed.
The shooting sent shock waves through Washington, where Giffords was regarded as gracious and kind, a moderate Democrat known for her dedication to her constituents and willingness to work across party lines.
In light of the shootings, all legislation on the House schedule for the coming week has been postponed, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced in a statement.
Americans also struggled to come to terms with the event. Many of them showed up to a vigil at the Arizona State Capitol to pray together and share their thoughts.
In the Twitterverse, theories abounded as to the gunman's motivation. Meanwhile, while speaking to the press , the sheriff lamented "the vitriolic rhetoric" in American political discourse, suggesting it played a role in the shooting.
"This has not become the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in and¬†I think its time we do the soul-searching," he said.
"The anger, the hatred the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately, Arizona has become the capital. We have become the mecca of prejudice and bigotry."
[Updated at 10:00 p.m. ET] A House vote scheduled for Monday on whether to repeal health care legislation has been postponed after Saturday's shooting.
All legislation on the House schedule for the coming week has been postponed in¬†a decision by leaders of both political parties in the House so "we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today's tragedy," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement.
[Updated at 9:13 p.m. ET] Some who knew Giffords and¬†others who just wanted an outlet for emotions in the wake of the shooting rampage gathered on Capitol Hill Saturday night to honor the victims.
More than 50 marchers¬†braved subfreezing temperatures and gusty winds to¬†march to the Capitol and up the west steps to hold the vigil.
[Updated at 8:55 p.m. ET] A¬† law enforcement source familiar with the investigation says the Glock model 19 used in the shootings was purchased legally.¬†The official did not have details at this time as to when and where the gun was purchased.
The gun was loaded with a 30-round magazine. The official said it is likely the extended magazine used in the shooting¬† was purchased separately and at a different time. The official said such a magazine does not automatically come with a weapons purchase and that it would be extremely rare for them to be sold together in one purchase.
The official said the suspect had purchased another gun a few years ago but this person did not know the details about what happened to that weapon and if the alleged shooter still owned it.
[Updated at 8:23 p.m. ET] Officials are not convinced that the suspected gunman acted alone, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters.
Law enforcement is actively searching for a "person of interest" who is¬†a white male in his 50s believed to have assisted the suspect in a shooting, Dupnik said.
A suspect who Dupnik would not name is in the custody of the Pima County Sheriff's Office, he said. The suspect¬†has had previous contact with law enforcement "regarding threats" to kill, Dupnik said, and described him as having a "troubled past."
CNN has confirmed that the suspect's name is Jared Lee Loughner, 22, whose apparent online footprint professes an distrust of government and a fondness for books such as "Mein Kampf," "The Communist Manifesto," "Peter Pan" and "The Republic."
"There's reason to believe this individual has a mental issue and I think that people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol," he said.
"Vitriol" in public debate was a recurring theme in Dupnik's remarks as he blasted the media for "the vitriolic rhetoric" heard on television and radio.
[Updated at 7:57 p.m. ET] Gabe Zimmerman, director of community outreach for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was among those killed in Saturday's shooting at a constituents meeting outside¬†a Tucson Safeway, Gifford press secretary CJ Karamargin said.
Zimmerman was the staff member who set up today‚Äôs event in Giffords‚Äô district, Karamargin said.¬†The¬†Tucson native was engaged to be married.
[Updated at 7:43 p.m. ET] The Army said in a statement that the suspect in the shooting was never in the Army.
"He attempted to enlist in the Army but was rejected for service.¬† In accordance with the Privacy Act, we will not discuss why he was rejected," the Army said in a statement.
[Updated at 7:21 p.m. ET] Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect, had a limited presence on social-media sites, including YouTube and MySpace. Here's a sampling of some of the messages that CNN found on Loughner's pages:
December 26, 2010: I'm not going to change the mistakes, you don't know – funny! (I think the CIA watches my-space)
December 30, 2010:¬†I now understand a certain word - Cult!
December 15, 2010: If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.
I define terrorist.
Thus a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially
as a political weapon.
If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
You call me a terrorist.
Thus the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
December 15, 2010: The majority of citizens in the United States of America have never read the United States of America's Constitution.
You don't have to accept the federalist laws.
Nonetheless, read the United States of America's¬† Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.
You're literate, listener?
Read more¬†about Loughner's digital footprint on CNN.com
[Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET] The University of Arizona's men's basketball¬†game against Stanford University¬†has been postponed following the shootings.
"The University feels the game should be delayed with deep respect to the victims and families impacted by this tragedy," Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne said.
The game will be played at 12:30 p.m. MST Sunday.
[Updated at 6:48 p.m. ET] Saturday's deadly shootings at an Arizona constituency meeting outside a Tucson Safeway appear to have ‚Äúno nexus to terrorism," a law enforcement official said.
This official did not know if there had been any recent threat against Rep Giffords but said there are frequent threats to various members of Congress, mostly via phone¬† calls or e-mails, or mailed threats.
[Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET] U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts released this statement on the death of U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Roll, who was killed in the shootings:
"Chief Judge John Roll was a wise jurist who selflessly served Arizona and the nation with great distinction, as attorney and judge, for more than 35 years.¬† I express my deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his children, as well as the other victims and their families.¬† Chief Judge Roll‚Äôs death is a somber reminder of the importance of the rule of law and the sacrifices of those who work to secure it."
[Updated at 6:16 p.m. ET] The Tea Party released this statement regarding the shootings:
‚ÄúWe at the Tea Party Express are shocked and saddened to hear about the terrible tragedy that took place in Tucson today. It is appalling that anyone would commit such unthinkable violence against Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, her staff, a sitting federal judge and the many other victims and families impacted.
"These heinous crimes have no place in America, and they are especially grievous when committed against our elected officials. Spirited debate is desirable in our country, but it only should be the clash of ideas.¬† An attack on anyone for political purposes, if that was a factor in this shooting, is an attack on the democratic process.¬† We join with everyone in vociferously condemning it."
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[Updated at 5:41 p.m. ET] ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅWho is Gabrielle Giffords? She's¬†a Democrat who¬†was first elected in 2006. She has served as chairwoman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and also holds seats on the House Science and Technology and Armed Services committees.
She won her third term in a closely contested race against a Tea Party-sponsored candidate and was one of three Democratic legislators who reported vandalism at their offices following the March vote on health care reform.
She is married to Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut who is scheduled to lead a space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. The two married in 2007, after meeting four years prior in China, as young leaders selected by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Giffords told the New York Times in her wedding announcement.
The article described their courtship as a drawn-out affair between two deeply committed civic servants who slowly found their way to each other. When they met, Giffords was seeing someone and Kelly was married.
After Giffords split from her boyfriend, she invited Kelly to join her on a tour of the Arizona State Prison in Florence.
"I‚Äôd been working on legislation dealing with capital punishment. Mark is the son of police officers ‚ÄĒ well, he just really wanted to sit in ‚Äėthe chair,' " she told the newspaper.
The two married three years later, they married at an organic produce farm in Amado, Arizona, called Agua Linda. An avid recycler, Giffords wore a Vera Wang gown borrowed from a friend.
"To a bride who moves at a velocity that exceeds that of anyone else in Washington, and a groom who moves at a velocity that exceeds 17,000 miles per hour," a wedding guest said in a toast to the couple.
[Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET] Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expressed condolences for the shooting victims - 6 are dead and 12 injured.
"I am just heartbroken. Gabby (Giffords) is more than just¬†a colleague she is a friend. She has always been a noble public servant," an emotional Brewer said, pausing for composure.
"I ask the people of Arizona and the people of America to keep the victims and their families in their prayers, and pray for their recovery and pray that in Arizona we never have to experience a tragedy like this ever again."
Giffords¬†publicized the "Congress on Your Corner" meet-up at the Safeway in her southern Arizona district on her Twitter account.
Judge John Roll, the chief judge on the U.S. District Court for Arizona,¬†was among 6 people killed, along with a 9-year-old girl, officials said.
Witnesses said the gunman shot Giffords at point blank range through the head and then continued firing. The suspect, identified by law enforcement sources as¬†Jared Lee Loughner, has been taken into custody.
[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] Chief Judge John Roll was among 6 people killed at an Arizona constituent meeting outside a Tucson grocery store Saturday.
[Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET] The suspect in a shooting at an Arizona¬†constituent meeting outside a Tucson grocery story is a white male born in 1988, CNN's Jeanne Meserve has confirmed from a federal law enforcement source.
Six people have died, including a 9-year-old girl,¬†and 12 were injured,¬†including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,¬†authorities said.
[Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET] Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition and¬†a young child has died after a shooting at a political meeting at an Arizona grocery store, a hospital spokesman said Saturday.
Giffords, who was hosting the event, is under anesthesia after undergoing surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head "through and through," said Dr. Peter Rhee, Trauma Director at the University Medical Center in Tucson.
"The Congresswoman is not deceased. She is in critical condition," Rhee said in a press conference. "I am very optimistic about recovery."
Giffords publicized the "Congress on Your Corner" meet-up at the Safeway in her southern Arizona district on her Twitter account.
[Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET] Six people have died and 12 - including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - were injured in a shooting at a political meeting at a¬†Tucson, Arizona, grocery store Saturday, according to Rick Kastigar of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
[Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET] A suspect is in custody in¬†the shootings of at least 12 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,¬†at a constituent meeting at an Arizona grocery store, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.
"The suspect is in custody. No further details on the motive or other victims are available at this time," the statement said. "The U.S. Capitol Police are directly involved in this investigation. As more information is developed, it will be provided. In the interim, all Members and staff are advised to take reasonable and prudent precautions regarding their personal security."
A statement from President Obama confirmed that some people had died.
"This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.¬† And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded," he said.
"We do not yet have all the answers.¬† What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.¬† I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers."
[Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET] Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is currently undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the head, a spokeswoman for the University Medical Center in Tucson said.
Nine patients were brought to the hospital, including a child. All of them are in either serious or critical condition and are undergoing surgery, spokeswoman Darci Slaten said.
A federal judge was also among those shot, a law enforcement official said.¬†It is not clear whether he was among those¬†taken to the hospital.
[Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET] There were conflicting reports Saturday about the condition of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords following a shooting Saturday at a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store. Giffords' press secretary said the congresswoman remains in surgery for her injuries, disputing an earlier report from a law enforcement source saying she had died.
[Updated at 2:23 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords died Saturday after a gunman opened fire at a Tucson, Arizona grocery store, a law enforcement source said. Giffords, who had been holding a meeting with constituents, was among at least 12 people shot.
[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among at least 12 people shot at a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store, a Democratic source told CNN's Dana Bash. The source called her injuries "pretty serious."
[Updated at 1:41 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents at a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, where at least 12 people were injured in a shooting shortly after 10 a.m. MST Saturday, a spokesman for the Pima County sheriff's Department said. It is unclear whether Giffords was among those hurt.
"Several" people were shot Saturday at a grocery store in Tucson,
Arizona, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department said. No other details were immediately available.
Thank you, Kathy for this cogent, sane and relevant observation. I couldn't agree more and I can assure you, as a former federal prosecutor, neither could most of law enforcement, but special interest money and lack of leadership and character in our elected officials doom the prospect of a proper response that will make us safer and more responsible on the issue of guns. Sadly, even Congresswoman Giffords was a proponent of "Second Amendment rights" as most politicians in red or purple states have to be to avoid the wrath and wealth of the morally corrupt dangerous NRA. It is embarrassing to live in a country that ignorantly has bought into the mantra that "Guns don't kill people, people do." I hope your voice and your observation are not lost in the follow up to this tragedy.
Since you are a most wise former federal employee, you must have all the answers. Lets blame it on the guns. What if someone in the crowd had a gun and was able to stop this lunatic from shooting people, wouldn't this have been better. Are you suggesting that all law abiding citizens turn in their guns so only criminals and lunatics like the one who shot people today only have guns???
Ye HA! Dan thinks we should go back to the days of the wild west. Don't forget to volunteer for posse Dan.
NO FEEL GOOD GUN LAW WOULD OF STOPPED THIS .... EVEN IF THERE WAS A BAN IT WOULD NOT STOP THIS ..THE LAW IS A BUNCH OF WORDS TO CRIMINALS .... CRIMINALS ONLY SPEAK ONE LANGUAGE SO U HAVE TO SPEAK BACK ...
Tell the parents of the 9yr old that we don't need gun control....I am disgusted!
The truth is Gun Control or no Gun control, Criminals and the Insanity will always be here and I'm so sorry to inform you but there is no way you can stop them from guns!!! You people act as if they follow LAWS! Well if that was the case and they followed laws we still wouldn't need gun control because they wouldn't have just shot innocent people! USE YOUR HEAD!!!
What is sad is that gun control is always respect by law abiding citizens. Guns will always be in the hands of those that wish to use them illicitly, unfortunately.
gun control only controls law abiding citizens not that slime ball
Sarah Palin, John McCain, Michelle Bachmann, John Boehner, The Republican National Committee. UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATORS
Let's add Sharon "Second Amendment Solutions Advocate" Angle.
I am pretty sure the gun used in this incident is not legally registered to the killer! I don't believe Sarah...or the Johns (McCain or Boehner) had anything at all to do with this killing. I can say tho...too bad this great president we have in the USA didn't give us all the CHANGE and HOPE we wanted!!
you forgot Brewer she was a big contributor to the sad state of Arizona
When you're someone of considerable (God I hate that Palin falls into this category) influence, you need to be extra careful with the way you bring your message to the people. Picture a right wing nutjob reading this;
The com-mentors here feeling this was a political motivated are right. It is very clear. And the GOP and the Tea Party are co conspirators in this tragedy. During the presidential election and for the pass two they spoke of raise arms and taking the country back. Media was talking about how dangerous some of the GOP was being with their words. Because of a guy like this. But no Sarah continue. Michelle B. continue. GOP and Tea Party members show no respect and took out on balconies fueling their anger, waving their flags The continue disrespect to other culture groups while selfish assisting the most rich in keeping their power. You darn right they have blood on their hands. It is on the net, You can use that excuse this as one man insane but what fuel him to do this? For all of you that cater to this mentality, you are in for a hell of a year. The energy of this time is changing, I would not want to be you. You have hate in your mind. Hate is going to eat you up. http:// http://www.serenity.us.com
Just swung by here to see what direction the debate in the comments section had taken. Before anyone confirmed the shooter's race, some of the comments suggested that the shooter was probably latin, black, etc... Now, that the shooter has been confirmed to be White, the race issue was dropped and the conversation moved onto other areas. I see this across various news stories. Of course, the country has come a long way, and we will never rid ourselves or racists, but it's just annoying to see the same chain of events repeated ad infinitum.
Whatever. There is probably no solution.
Who would rationally guess anyone other that a WHITE right-winger?
Wish you were wrong, but, sadly you have pointed out a common misjudgement.
I guess there is no reason to discuss gun control
If our fellow Americans in southern Arizona are unarmed (gun control), and it's obvious that the gov't has little control over our border with Mexico, gun control should be the last thing on your mind! I'm for arming the citizenry of all our border states! Guess what, some idiot DISOBEYED the law in Arizona. Anyone have an opinion about the ranchers, border patrol agents, and plain folk getting gunned down by illegals crossing over?
I want to know when and how much will the doctors who are working on this woman be compensated or does the public think they should work for free. Will Mr Obama feel that these health care professionals should be on stand-by for these kind of events(which will probably happen again) and should the ordinary citizen receive the same standard fof care as a congressman.
Oh and what if the doctor had pack up and left Az because the mal practice insurance was too expensive to stay in business.
We will all pray for this woman who is out doing her job.Its a terrible event.And the country is in terrible despair over this.However, it dose bring to mind the doctors who work tirelessly without pay.
You started off by wondering how the doctors will be compensated? Wow. Agenda much?
What planet are you living on?
18 people are shot,6 died and you rant about medmalpractice? Worry about doctors' income? Mostly all doctors are very well compensated.I suspect that you're inability to focus on this story arises from the sick and misguided ideology of the tea party dupes
Sounds like a Republican to me. Oh yes the Republican Agenda – the NEW RICHT!
Doctors working without pay? What planet are you from. One of the real problems with our health care system goes largely unmentioned: The ridiculous wage doctors expect. Teachers are hovering a bit above minimum wage and doctors are driving BMW's and living in mansions. You don't see this in other countries. Doctors are well taken care of elsewhere but not to this ridiculous degree. How can we make health care affordable if the Docs are getting hundreds of $$ per hour, and the insurance companies are raping us from the other side. Doctors and professional athletes in the US.......the most overpaid pigs on the planet.
And doctors in other countries ply their trade because of compassion for human beings. They get very good wages that are more realistic to their trade. US doctors use the Hippocratic oath as toilet paper.
It is stupid to let people carry guns.
Look up this freak on FB....it's probably a plant page, but if it's real it doesn't surprise me. No, it's gotta be a staged FB page, no one would be THIS openly obvious. On the page:
Favorite quote: "Ask for work. If they do nt give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread."
About Jared: Fight the Right! Obama and the Progressives will overcome the tyrrany of big business and the racist Tea Party. BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!
People who have inspired him: obama, alinsky, chavez, guevara
Oh all you Libs just had another one of your own go crazy. Lib = Crazy.....
Damn people are so lost. This is not a gun control issue. It's an act against the disgusting politicians. We have all ready started the Modern American Revolution.
Sixoh, don't be stuipd. Liberal does not equal crazy.
CRAZY= crazy. They come in all stripes.
When you allow automatic weapons to be used against civilians in Afghanistan, guess what? The chickens are coming home to roost!
My wife and I were minutes away from arriving at the Safeway in Oro Valley. We are sad that our local political discourse has resulted in the death and injury of positive meaningful debate. I pray for Gabbi and all her friends. We love all our friends and wish for a fast recovery for all the victims. Love from Karen and Glenn
Hopefully this guy will show just an ounce of sanity and kill himself
YOUR A SICK SOB
This is such sad news and I feel very sad for those injured, slain and their families. It's time for better gun control America!!!
Anybody remember last year when the voiceover guy, DC Douglas, who worked on the Geico commercials, drunk dialed Freedom Works and left a message on their answering machine asking them how they were going to "spin it when one of your members does actually kill somebody, wondering if you've got a PR spinning routine planned for that or are you just gonna take it when it happens." So Freedom Works and the Tea Party movement, in response, went all out against him to harass him (giving out his phone number publicly) and get him fired from that gig. Well it looks as if DC Douglas WAS RIGHT! Now let's see how Freedom Works spins this incident.
So I guy who likes burning flag videos and the Communist Manifesto is 100% Tea Party??? You're pathetic in your attempt to make political hay out of a tragedy and a really cr*ppy researcher to boot..
I agree with you. I also think that AJ Foyt was an over-rated race car driver.
They already have, Boehner and Brewer just spoke publicly.
the ugly climate of hate that has gripped arizona this past year has taken its first victims....i thought we were fighting the right wing extremists in the middle east?arizona has put out the welcome mat for all these right wing hate groups and you can expect more of the same unfortunately.
I HOPE GLEN BECK IS PROUD OF HIMSELF NOW ???
WELL, IS THIS WHAT YOU CALL.... "TAKING YOUR COUNTRY BACK??"
YOU REPUBLICANS MAKE ME SICK....
WE LOVE YOU BECK. DO NOT LISTEN TO IDIOT LIBERALS.
G. Beck is a pawn, he cannot be held accountable for what he is told to say.
And mind you Sarah Palin tweeted this, http://www.alrokerentertainment.com/main/contact.htm
She deleted it, but I'd say someone heard her. Nut jobs follow her, and the twit doesn't care that these guys hear here and take her seriously.
eeek wrong link. No brains! LOL Sorry folks
Absolutley agree, this has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH GUN CONTROL! Arizona has some of the leanest gun laws, not to mention, good old boy Mccain's stance with the NRA, and if this Monster had not had access to a gun this NEVER would have happend, and the victims would still be here. Sarah Palin, reload your gun to that, You sick republicans shaking with your guns, cant protect anyone.