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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 theyÂ 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 ï»¿Giffords 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 andÂ 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 inÂ 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 andÂ 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 marchersÂ braved subfreezing temperatures and gusty winds toÂ march to the Capitol and up the west steps to hold the vigil.
[Updated at 8:55 p.m. ET] AÂ law enforcement source familiar with the investigation says the Glock model 19 used in the shootings was purchased legally.Â 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 shootingÂ 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 isÂ 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 suspectÂ 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 outsideÂ a Tucson Safeway, Gifford press secretary CJ Karamargin said.
Zimmerman was the staff member who set up todayâ€™s event in Giffordsâ€™ district, Karamargin said.Â TheÂ 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.Â 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:Â 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'sÂ Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.
You're literate, listener?
Read moreÂ about Loughner's digital footprint on CNN.com
[Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET] The University of Arizona's men's basketballÂ game against Stanford UniversityÂ 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 â€œno 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 phoneÂ 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.Â I express my deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his children, as well as the other victims and their families.Â Chief Judge Rollâ€™s 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:
â€œWe 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.Â An attack on anyone for political purposes, if that was a factor in this shooting, is an attack on the democratic process.Â We join with everyone in vociferously condemning it."
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[Updated at 5:41 p.m. ET] ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿Who is Gabrielle Giffords? She'sÂ a Democrat whoÂ 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.
"Iâ€™d been working on legislation dealing with capital punishment. Mark is the son of police officers â€” well, he just really wanted to sit in â€˜the 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 justÂ 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."
GiffordsÂ 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,Â 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 asÂ 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 ArizonaÂ 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,Â and 12 were injured,Â including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,Â authorities said.
[Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET] Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition andÂ 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 aÂ 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 inÂ the shootings of at least 12 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,Â 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.Â 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.Â What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.Â 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.Â It is not clear whether he was among thoseÂ 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.
this isn't politicial, just a fact that Gov Brewer is a political opponent of the congresswoman. Of course, no one is going to admit being pleased by this terrible action. Unfortuately words have consequences whether they are left or right and those of us who live on Main St are tired of the noisey extremes getting all the attention. As a pragmatist, I want a government that comes up with solutions that address real issues; not campaign slogans.
Someone should tell Wolf Blitzer that Sheriff Dupnik's name is pronounced DUPE NICK, not DUP NICK. The Sheriff is right about the level of vitriol and hatred that is constantly being spewed on talk radio and tv shows and you can't escape the fact that most of these shows are from right-leaning commentators. It's just a fact. And even worse, these commentators are making themselves rich off of the rhetoric, but the blue collar, hard-working people who buy into the hate mongering have no idea that they are being duped by these entertainment media who are just getting richer and richer off the backs of these poor people. I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, but facts are facts and you can count the number of leftist radio and tv shows on one or two fingers, while the number of right-leaning radio and talk shows number in the dozens and when you listen to them all you hear is anger, bigotry, and hate. And we pretend to be an icon of peace and democracy to "undeveloped nations". We are a nation of fools on this sad day.
So people who work with their hands are stupid? I don't follow your logic. You think conservative talk radio is hateful, I guess you never listened to Mike Malloy on AirAmerica. Oh, wait...no one listened, that's why they're not around any more.
maybe obamma will invite him to the whitehouse for a beer
I can believe that "FOX NEWS", is defending the murder....WUAU...I'm shock!!!! FOX NEWS is defending the murder... I CAN BELIEVE IT... WE ARE LIVING LIKE 100 YEARS AGO!!!!...
Your statement is absurd. Show one clip that has Fox News defending the murder. Doesn't the truth mean anything to you? Doesn't honesty have some value in your world? You should be ashamed of yourself. You are spewing hate.
Wolf you should slip in there somewhere that Congresswoman Gifford was one of the "crosshairs" on Palins blog. Violent rhetoric from the right is becoming outrageous especially when we live in a world full of nuts. On his videos he tries to display he is rational but nothing is more far from the truth. Violence doesn't solve a thing. If you are trying to prove a point you lay down a argument and get involved in your city. You dont try to assasinate a Federal worker. Again i reiterate she was a target on Palin's blog I think that should be brought to light.
The shooting of Arizona Dem Rep. Gabrielle Giffords prompts a massive bipartisan outpouring of support and grief for the congresswoman and the other victims
I expect Hannitty, Limbaugh, and the other right wing nuts at Fox are celebrating. Palin should be proud that her advice to target the liberals, was carried through literally. O Reilly is probably doing an Irish jig and drinking champagne.
The killer is a left-wing liberal. He was a democrat. Odd how he targeted Gifford after she voted against Nancy Pelosi for speaker.
How many liberal Ayn Rand fans do you know?
The killer is a nut, he is neither a liberal nor a conservative. Just what's been released so far shows that he can't form a logical thought pattern. Maybe he is an example of why people shouldn't abuse drugs and alcohol! Why does everyone think this is political? Left wingers are just as guilty of using inflammatory rhetoric in political speech as right wingers are. Gabrielle Giffords has been a great example of an intelligent public servant who has worked hard for her district. To bicker over political motivations is an insult to her; there are other victims who were bystanders attending the event or perhaps even coming or going from the store.
WoW! I was thinking of making a comment...the left wing loonies have gone totally nuts! Wait 'till they realize the shooter was one of them! Naw, they'll just keep drinking the koolaid.....what a bunch of losers! You like those nice simplistic answers to everything so you have to think too hard don't you?!
Own this. You own this continual vitriol stream drooling from your angry grimace. This corporate sponsored hate you shill for has divided our nation and our own families. I'm tired of it. There is nothing but hate. No wrap at the end of the show to remind everyone at the end of the day...hey, don't go shoot anyone. Own it you so called rational person.
Bush, said that the tea party were nut jobs, he also warn the governement to talk up against them. We need to march against this hate and the fear the (Nazi KKK) tea party is bring to our country. I really hate Sarah she vile.
The issue here is not who is to blame...the shooter is to blame. The issue is far greater. The rhetoric in politics must stop. News is rarely news any more but rather opinion which reflects the right or left view of a pundit determined to make his or her point regardless of the consequences. Unfortunately, attacks like the one today in Arizona can be a consequence of the extremism being exhibited by various salacious media people. Who really knows what the truth is anymore about the health care bill, immigration, the banking industry, or the state of our government? Who really is telling the "truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" No one. That is the simple answer. Eveyr statement, every response is carefully constructed to support a cerfain viewpoint. What about the simple truth? When truth is the answer, then violence and rhetoric will decrease. Until expect this kind of behavior to increase. People who are already emotionally at risk...tend to take extremism to the extreme. Anyone who adds to that shares in the guilt.
I feel compelled to voice my opinion. This is not a reply to anyone specific. Sarah Palin is not to blame for this mans atrocities today.Yet a statement such as don`t retreat reload with a graphic of a gunsight with cross hairs certainly spawns a different mental image than if, dont retreat respond with a graphic such as get out and vote, sends a completely different mental image. I dont feel Sarah Palin is stately enough to be a serious political figure. I also feel that such spin reflects badly on Ms. Palins core personality. On the lighter side I`m glad she`s not my neighbor for fear she my mistake my housecat as a mountain lion and open up on my backyard with her ar-15. Ms. Palin should go chop fire wood and hunt endangered wildlife and stay away from politics it`s not in her "scope" of skills. In my opinion.
The dude hated religion, was anti-war, favorited the Communist Manifesto and a flag burning video, and is described by his friends as a left winger . . And it was KOS, not Palin, who posted a threatening diary about this Congresswoman only two days ago ("Congresswoman Gifford is DEAD to Me") – nonetheless, the hatred and incoherence of the left is such that they immediatedly seek to make politcal hay for their statist, control-driven agenda. Sad. Anyway, the dude's writing is nearly incoherent. Probably a schizophrenic with anarcho-leftist leanings.
Omar how dare you confuse the issue with facts and logic.
Calm down people. The shooter is mentally unbalanced. Why are you making this a political right vs left issue? The way people are taking off on Sarah Palin it's like they are trying to incite another unbalanced individual to violence against Palin or her family. Slow down, wait for the evidence to come out and stop the hell from blaming Sarah Palin for everything that happens in this country that is negative. This is mob mentality and it needs to stop. Practice what you preach and STOP preaching hate ladies and gentlemen. We can make our assessments when the facts come out. Stop the insanity.
I'm with you on this. I've seen his YouTube posts and in my nonprofessional opinion and in layman's terms, he's not only "not all there", he's not even halfway there.
He was looking for a target-any target-of governmental authority. The fact that she was a democrat is irrelevant. If she had been a republican he would have taken the same action. It was her power and office that was the target, not her party affiliation.
Left wing loves the Palin angle, right wing is eating up the communist tie and ultimately it's likely to be a case of an unstable man who acted out on his unbalanced mentality.
I feel sad for the victims.
I feel sad for their families and friends.
I also feel sad that you post is a minority post.
Our country would be so much better off if the majority of messages echoed yours, but sadly, those that scream out against the insanity, type messages that add to the insanity.
As a mental health professional, I am both shocked and disappointed in Wolff Blitzer's use of the words crazy and lunatic to describe someone who might be suffering from a mental disorder. All the work we do to remove the stigma of mental illness for those nonviolent persons diagnosed with a mental disorder is undone in a single broadcast. Hopefully you can do your homework and use less offensive language.
Perhaps, Vilda, it's because people are getting sick and tired of the violent mentally ill people who torture their babies and drown them in bathtubs, who kill young men riding on Greyhound busses, decapitate them and eat portions of their bodies, and who go to a grocery store and gun down a bunch of people, including a Congresswoman and a nine year old girl. Sure there are non-violent mentally ill people. Fine. Unfortunately, that doesn't give the lives taken and destroyed back, does it? Once people like this killer were locked up, away from society BEFORE they managed to go on a shooting rampage. His online postings are indicative of sheer paranoid schizophrenia. Once his family would have been able to get their doctor to have him committed – but no more. We have to wait until some nutcase kills a bunch of people before anything is done to control him – and then people like you moan that it's not his fault because he's insane. I'm sure knowing that the person who killed their nine year old daughter is insane is great comfort to a pair of grieving parents right now. America doesn't just need gun control, it needs lunatic control.
If someone kills 6 people, wounds at least 16 other people, no language is too offensive to be used to describe the "mentally ill" person.
This blog and others that I have seen are a sad commentary on the general culture of our Nation as a whole. We are all to blame for this. We purchase services that enable supposed news to air venomous nonsense and our leadership either turns a deaf ear or help to fan the flames.