13 wounded, six dead, including a 9 year old girl.
(KGUN9-TV) – Officials at University Medical Center have confirmed that U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords is alive. She is out of surgery. Doctors are optimistic about her chances of recovery.
The news is a dramatic reversal of previous reports circulated on some national news cable channels and local media claiming that Giffords and up to 6 others were dead.
Doctors say she had suffered from a gunshot wound to the head but is responsive.
All the victims were wounded in a mass shooting Saturday morning at the Safeway grocery store at Ina and Oracle in Tucson. One shooter is in custody.
Dr. Peter Rhee of University of Medical center told reporters at 2:00 PM Saturday morning that ten patients have been brought to the hospital. Of those, one is dead, five are in surgery and the rest are in recovery. The five in surgery are in critical condition.
Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor confirmed at the same press conference that one suspect is in custody.
Dr. Rhee said the deceased victim was a child, but did not release the victim’s identity.
The mass shooting took place Saturday morning at an event hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The wackjob who shot her and several others has been identified as Jared Lee Loughner of Tuscon. He’s got a youtube channel under the moniker of “Classitup10”:
Jared Lee Loughner
October 25, 2010
My name is Jared Lee Loughner!
I attended school: Thornydale elementary,Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View Highschool, Northwest Aztec Middle College, and Pima Community College.
My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college!
(*My idiom: I could coin the moment!*)
Pass me the strings!
I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.
He’s got several videos on the page, one of which declares his obsession with mind control:
“If you’re editing of every belief and religion reaches the final century then the writer for every belief and religion is you.
You’re editing of every belief and religion reaches the final century.
Thus, the writer for every belief and religion is you.
You control every — thought, action, and lifestyle — for the person or people as the mind controller.
I’m able to control every belief and religion by being the mind controller.”
Here’s one where he rambles about “currency…the new money system….a new money system promising new information…”
There’s another where he appears out in the desert somewhere, in a weird-looking robe with a mask covering his face, and he burns the flag.
More on Loughner:
This photo obtained from the 2006 Mountain View High School yearbook shows Jared L. Loughner. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people. Police say that Jared L. Loughner has been taken into custody in conjunction with the shooting incident.
1. He’s a nutjob
2. He probably won’t be declared competent to stand trial, or be eligible for the death penalty.
3. He’ll likely spend the rest of his miserable, schizoid life in a mental hospital.