January 9th, 2011
04:57 AM ET

Person of interest sought in Arizona mass shooting

Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify a person who is possibly associated with the suspect in Saturday's mass shooting in Arizona.

A gunman went to a town hall meeting at the Safeway supermarket in Tucson. Six people were killed and 12 others were wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Early Sunday morning, investigators released a surveillance camera photo of a man who was seen at the location where the shooting occurred.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters Saturday that authorities were searching for a second individual who was a "person of interest" in the investigation.

He is described as a white male, approximately 40 to 50 years old. He has dark hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark blue jacket.

If you have any information about the individual, you are asked to contact 911, 88-CRIME or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (520) 791-6974.

Filed under: Arizona • Crime • Gabrielle Giffords
soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. Dru Morgan

    Would be useful if the photo were shown on the actual article page.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • ei8htx

      Indeed it would. Only on CNN...

      January 9, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • ei8htx

      Fixed! That was fast.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • MovieActorGoWild

      It looks like Viggo Mortensen... That is my opinion.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • it's like eBay but 100% FREE ... http://x.co/LZnt ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      with so many security cameras we've lost our privacy but their help is invaluable to solve crimes

      January 9, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Stop calling this subhuman a "gunman". He is a deranged lunatic. Real gunmen know how to control a weapon and what it is supposed to be used for.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dru Morgan

      ei8htx: You're right, that was fast. Surprised they read these!

      January 9, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. hushupp

    It shows on mine. Don't know what happened to yours. The older man is rough looking. Could be the young man's dad?

    January 9, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      That's what I thought too. They look like they have the same nose.

      January 9, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • emily

      I wondered that even before they produced any photographs!

      January 9, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. wale3204

    As Wolf would always say "We will leave it right there"

    January 9, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mikey B

    Thia guy just looks creepy.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey B

      THIS guy

      January 9, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
    • SheilaC

      You would have fit right in Salem, MA around the year 1692. From what I read nobody said this man was guilty of anything. He was not able to be located obviously after the days events and they are trying to track him down for questioning. If he turns out to be guilty of anything, then release statements like that. Until then, he is innocent until proven guilty.

      Wow. The kinds of posts on articles related to the tragedy today are beyond reprehensible.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. C4t

    New York TImes reporting shooter was aligned with Democrats. This should overwhelm a few small minds.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • QED

      Interesting... why don't you share the NY Times link with the rest of us. Haven't you learned anything from this tragedy? This is a call for moderation, not partisanship. It's clear that Jared Lee Loughner was a sick person, regardless of his affiliations. But his mental illness doesn't lessen the need for an end to the hyperpartisan politics and the hateful, violence promoting, vitriolic speech from leaders and citizens alike. We're all Americans here, let's act like it and work together.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Independentthinker

      Democrat, Republican. Liberal, Conservative. Right-wing, Left-wing. People dont you see it DOESNT MATTER what the politics of the victims or shooter(s) are, this is an AMERICAN tragedy! We are ALL AMERICANS and we should all have a common goal, to make this country of ours BETTER than our politics! When we ourselves fall into the partisan arguments and bickering, pointing fingers at Palin, Brewer, or the man (or woman on Mars) we're showing the world just how divided we are as a country. Let the people who are in charge of the investigation DO THE INVESTIGATING and keep the victims and their families in our hearts. Lets show our friends and foes alike around the world that we are the UNITED States of AMERICA!

      January 9, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Darthcheney

      ...who hated health care reform and Spanish speakers. Hmm, methinks the guy is conservative....

      January 9, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Leon Potamianakis

      Actually, I believe a school associate from four years earlier stated at the time he was politically liberal. Whether his beliefs have changed or if he still has liberal beliefs, it does not make him aligned with Democrats.
      In any case he's a nutjob, regardless of political beliefs.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Stosh

      The small minds belong to the people who blelive thsi guys is representative of everyone in whatever party he belongs to.

      The small minds belong to the people who are more interested in associating this guy with one party or another instead of recognizing the atomosphere of hate and intolerance that is becoming rampant in this supposedly "free" country.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jbkld

      The gold standard rants are definitely the sign of a democrat, right?

      January 9, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ryan


      January 9, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      read it and weep QED

      January 9, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jimatmad

      Just makin' stuff up, today C4t?

      C'mon. At least try to make up a good story. Unicorns are a nice touch.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      The term Democrat is nowhere to be found in that entire article.. Your post is a fail

      January 9, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. The King

    The person of interest looks like Elvis

    January 9, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • madcap

      Looks like Harry Dean Stanton to me.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Pavlos Xorofas

      Dennis Hopper returned from the grave

      January 9, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ryan

    The question people will be asking is why the sheriff didn't solicit help in finding this person earlier? He indicated in his press conference it was 'on the advice of counsel'. Since when did the advice of counsel supersede solving a mass murder?

    January 9, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. J. Cash

    Looks like a Native American.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Tam

      No, he doesn't

      January 9, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      how would you even know? coloring books at your klan meet'n?

      January 9, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. sad

    absurd. people want to make this into a political issues, clearly an issue with someone that has mental issues, not social issues.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      The problem is that some politicians, and media personalities speaking on political issues, have used vitriolic language and symbolism (i.e. cross hairs of gun scope) to further their own agendas and careers. It's no surprise that this language encourages those who are unbalanced in our communities to act upon their deranged thoughts. The danger that this extreme discourse would lead to such violence is neither a surprise nor a secret. It's proper to link this act to the extremist politics of the day because it springs from that extremism.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • MFlynn

      I totally agree. Jim? what makes lunies do what they do is mental illness. sane people don't do things like this. the people pushing radical agenda live within ALL political affiliations, not just one party. that is what I find amazing – so many here and on other sites try to act all indignant pointing fingers. the gross assumption that it is the 'fault' of non-liberal, non-democrat 'vitriolic' speech is amazing.

      this man was sick – as mentioned by a classmate when experiencing disruptive outbursts from him in school.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • FuriousOne

      It's starting to become difficult to see who's clinically mental and who aren't in the Republican party.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • scarystuff

      Since when is a politician, her spectators, and supporters being shot down during a political forum not a political issue? There is no reason to draw conclusions about Jared Loughner's motives because that is still unknown, but the fact that he is believed to be mentally ill doesn't mean his actions have no motive. It just means in a court of law he is not responsible for those actions because his motivations stem from an irrational mind. Much like the kind of irrational mind it would take to believe that Sarah Palin's facebook post was a call to violent action.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Carolinelew

      That is sooo true. This is a mental issue possibly due to drugs.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. The King

    It was obviously an inside job.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tam

    What about that report from a witness on CNN about some younger man in black pants and white shirt running quickly away in a different part of the parking lot. The person commented something like "what dd he steal?"

    January 9, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • J. Cash

      Imagine that, someone running away from a shooting!

      January 9, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jayzon

    Hey i know that guy they call him dave

    January 9, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tiffany

    must be jared'd lover.

    January 9, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jayzon

    Tiffany call me

    January 9, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. brad

    Hmmmm really assasinations still happen?? Everyone please if ur thinking about mass killing jus pick up a copy of call of duty black ops please no need to get real

    January 9, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Are you serious, Brad? Just goes to show you how sheltered we are here in the states because assassinations happen all over the world and have been since men made other men their leaders.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
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