Republican "over-reach" on Gabrielle Gifford shooting?
Gabrielle Gifford, D-AZ, shot in the district at a constituent meeting.
NOTE Assuming this wasn't an "isolated incident," so much for being bipartisan, eh?
UPDATE NPR reports Gifford is dead.
UPDATE 4:12PM The (alleged) shooter is named Jared Laughner. Gifford responsive, pulled through surgery. A federal judge, John Roll, was killed, reports say. Roll had also faced death threats.
UPDATE 4:53PM Nobody seems to be about to agree on Loughner vs. Laughner.
UPDATE Gawker has an eyewitness account:
We spoke to an eyewitness, Steven Rayle, who was on the scene at the time of the shooting and helped to hold the suspect down while waiting for police. Here's what he said:
The event was very informal: Giffords had set up a table outside the Safeway and about 20-30 people were gathered to talk to her. The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Giffords in the head first, "point blank". According to Rayle, who is a former ER doctor, Giffords was able to move her hands after being shot.
After shooting Giffords, the gunman opened fire indiscriminately for a few seconds, firing 20-30 rounds and hitting a number of people, including a kid no older than 10 years old. Rayle hid behind a concrete pole and pretended to be dead. When the gunman apparently ran out of ammunition he attempted to flee, but a member of Giffords' staff tackled him. Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-to-20 minutes later. The EMS came about 30 minutes later. Rayle said he was "stunned" by how long it took medical help to arrive [thanks, austerians!].
The gunman was young, mid-to-late 20s, white, clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing and said nothing during the shooting or while being held down, although he struggled at first. He was "not particularly well-dressed"; he didn't look like a businessman, but more of a "fringe character," Rayle said. The sheriff's department arrived, arrested the gunman and cordoned off the parking lot.
Well, they always look "fringe." And eyewitness accounts are not especially reliable. Still, interesting.
UPDATE 5:04PM HuffPo has Loughner's YouTubes plus his reading list. Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto. I can see the "sensible center" meme a mile off on this one.
UPDATE Then again, the slow news approach has merit.
UPDATE Multiple search warrants? Interesting.
UPDATE 8:41PM Tucscon Sherrif "not convinced" (alleged) gunman acted alone.
UPDATE 10:00PM Background on the (alleged) shooter (assuming it's not disinformation).
UPDATE 10:44PM Best coverage on the background of the (alleged) shooter. And possibly an accomplice?
At a news conference Saturday evening, Dupnik said there was "some reason to believe" that the suspect in custody did not act alone. Officials said they were seeking a second suspect, a 50-year-old, white male.