TUCSON, AZ: A calm Saturday afternoon turned into a horrific nightmare when gunman Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on a crowd of people at a strip mall. His rampage left six people dead and 14 injured including U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
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The madness began around 10am Saturday morning at a political meet and greet that Gabrielle Giffords was hosting. Out of nowhere, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner started spraying bullets from his 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol into the crowd. A bullet, fired at point-blank range, pierced through the congresswoman’s skull leaving her seriously wounded. Her doctors are cautiously optimistic at this time as she remains in intensive care.
The fate for six others was grim. The victims who lost their lives were federal judge, John Roll, 63, Phyllis Schneck, 79, Dorothy Morris, 63, Dorwan Stoddard, 76, Gabe Zimmerman, 30, and the youngest victim, Christina Taylor Green, 9. Christina Taylor Green was born on September 11, 2001 and is the second cousin of actress Sophia Bush. She was attending the meet and greet with her uncle after becoming part of her school’s student government and was beaming the whole morning. Her father spoke with the Arizona Daily Star:
She was a good speaker. I could have easily seen her as a politician.
As for the mentally disturbed Loughner, his motivations seemed unclear. Although Gabrielle Giffords appears to have been his target, his online ramblings provide little insight into his gruesome crime. He’ll appear in court later today to face a host of charges including attempted assassination and two counts of killing an employee of the federal government. Loughner does not yet have a lawyer.
We’ll keep you posted as the Arizona shooting story unfolds.