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. dazzle ©

    Anything I know Mary of this case and who treated him in prison is confidential information. I did not mention a gene theory, just a supposition. SSRI's have not been on the market that long and Loughler wasn't on them. Well Mary, do you think the National Guard was all on SSRI's during the shoot up at Kent State. What about that nut in the water tower in Texas that shot multiple students. Our society has gone mad.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    First off you did mention a gene, "psychotic gene"
    Secondly SSR's cases are numerous, Dr. Tracy who has been working in this area for 22 years and has thousands of cases to cite on , try and refute each and everyone
    Gn, I am bushed... Bad day all around here, hope yours went better

    August 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    The Arizona shooter has a long history of drug use as a child. Many parents allow their children to do drugs or force them to take SSRIs to keep them docile and easily controllable. (more man hours are freed didn't burn yer brazziers for babies. That's for sure. And babies aren't why you stopped wearing them either)
    Drugs, not guns, are the common denominator in recent years rashes of these kinds of incidents, many related at if you care to see the big picture.
    Americans have been spending roughly 10% of GDP on drugs for many years. We are beginning to see the long long effects. And wait till the next generations even longer side effects raise their ugly heads...and they have the power!
    Your kids won't assume your debt! They'll assume political offices and throw your ass in prison if you don't pay. People really need to see through the media hype about future generations paying todays debts.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      By your own admission, Philip, you yourself had a history of drug abuse as a child. Self-medication, it is called. Can we expect a break from reality from you? And Mary, Dr. Tracey is working on total supposition; she is not privy to the private records of most of the cases she cites. Just as she has used supposition in the case of JL and Holmes. She has noot examined them. I guess it is easier to blame something when using supposition and rumor. I am so glad that you take one person's word over the thousands to the contrary; but then your agenda is to wipe these drugs out, isn't it? Actually, I have read that Dr. Tracey is herself under the care of mental health professionals. I read it on the internet, so it MUST be true, right?

      August 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    yep they coulddah updated the picture buttah the defense team probally wanted him looking crazy to keep'im off death row and the prosecutors wanted him to look crazy to gettah a itsah win-win situ

    i say witta little eyebrow pencil a wig and a black dress sittin' inner rockin' chair he could pass for the monalisa witta

    August 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @RR, no that's exactly what he looks like. You are not doing the Mona Lisa justice with that comment but it is funny.

      August 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...not t'mention media wanted him to look crazy t'sensationalize the storylines...

      August 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Yeah, that's what it was. sheesh

    August 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TDM

    Ed Gein
    Charles Starkweather
    Charles Manson
    Ted Bundy
    Four people who were insane. Just off tthe yop of my head.
    Oh wait.
    One from waaaaaaaaaaaay back: Caligula.
    Neuroscience was basically unknown prior to WWII. Stop this.
    There have been insane people since the beginning of time and I find that trying to pin true sociopathy soley on SSRI's is just as ignorant as those who tried to pin witcraft on women because of crop failures. Assuming that everyone in the world who commits heinous crimes, as this paranoid schizophrenic committed, is automatically on any SSRI meds is absurd and misleading.
    Just as science have since proven that children born with Down's have an extra chromosone, and not born that way because their mother consorted with the devil or such nonsense, so to has science made strides in what makes people who are bona-fide insane that way. You're not going to hear about cases because the causes weren't identified yet. Although there may be merit in SOME cases that SSRI's were culpable in events, they are not true in the majority of cases. And some stupid scare anti-drug blog isn't going to change that.
    JL is insane, and he HAD TO HAVE THE PROPER MEDS to give his cognitive reasoning back.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @TDM, wasn't Starkweather the water tower shooter in Texas. Your post is very well thought out and this person appreciates it.

      August 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    See? They need pictures to even begin to understand, and admit it.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Art of Conversation

    Mary I am disappointed in your performance on this blog. Dazzle you are just playing the naive card. Rascal Rabble is just putting her usual digs in and makes no sense. TDM, you are the only one that is performing to the standards of the art. Philip you are a broken record and should be on these medications or you will be another statistic. Where is my #2? I'm too old to keep these evaluations going on my own.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    Move along Artie, I don't care what you think.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Art of Conversation

    Well I do care Dazzle if you are engaging in the art.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Nobody asked you Art and who assigned you as a monitor. The master troll no doubt.

      August 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Is dat zo? Then you admit the link between meds and being a statistic. You must of snuck a quick peak at or even, maybe? You've never admitted this before, @Art
    If you become a morning person, someday you'll link obesity and erectile dysfunction with it. Who knows? Maybe even manmade flying saucers, someday. 🙂

    August 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Oopsy. My dot com et my dot org again. (donate a buck to bribe a congressman there)
    And every citizen who gives a hoot about free speech should be required:

    August 8, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    G'nite ya'll. And one minor detail that's been stuck in my craw for years.
    Ya know how we have equipment so sensitive so as to detect and differentiate between different kinds of metals? Well, human sh/t should be easier to differentiate and detect.
    Why don't we have machines that can detect a child's stool being on a mans hands? Like, position them at churches and schools and playgrounds, etc...hidden, of course.
    OK. Out in the open, then. gn

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • PBS

      I hope you'll volunteer for this breakthrough technology.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. The Art of Conversation

    Perhaps I will Philp. However I have no problems with erectile dysfunction and I am not obese. I will investigate Sibel though.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble


      pompous a55 splendor ain't groovin' man


      August 8, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hope


    Stay clear of people whose eyes don't match.
    As you look at them, the eye on the left is
    what they desire to be; the right, what they are.
    If there's a huge difference, there's trouble.

    This man is a lunatic.


    August 8, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
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