Entries in Tucson Shootings (4)


One Year after Tucson Shootings

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- A year after shootings in Arizona which left six people dead and injured 13 others including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, several commemoration events are being held in Tucson.

The shootings occurred outside a Safeway store where Giffords was holding a public meeting with constituents. The congresswoman, who is still recovering after being shot in the head by gunman Jared Lee Loughner, arrived in Tucson on Friday.

Giffords and her husband retired Navy captain Mark Kelly will attend a candlelight vigil at the University of Arizona on Jan.8.  Other events include bell ringing throughout the city, an interfaith service at St. Augustine Cathedral and trail walks.

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Judge: Alleged Tucson Shooter Can Be Mentally Fit to Stand Trial

Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- After getting feedback from doctors, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner can be made mentally competent enough to stand trial with further treatment.

Loughner, who has been in a prison mental health facility since May, is accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others -- including Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- in Tucson on Jan. 8.  If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

A psychologist who has visited Loughner nearly every day since March said on Wednesday that Loughner has clearly responded well to the forced medication -- especially over the last two months -- and believes Loughner will be restored to competency in the coming months.

The doctor said Loughner's thoughts are more organized, his memory has improved and that he is taking better care of himself.  But, the doctor added, Loughner is still very despressed.  A suicide note was found on his bed recently, and he remains on suicide watch.

As a result, Judge Larry Burns ordered further evaluations and updates on Loughner.

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Accused Tucson Shooter Jared Lee Loughner Returning to Court

Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The man accused of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others in Tucson, Arizona earlier this year will be back in federal court Wednesday.

The judge is expected to address the question of whether or not Jared Lee Loughner could ever be made well enough to stand trial.  He could order Loughner, who has been in a prison mental health facility since May, back to the hospital for months of additional evaluation.

Doctors at the facility say Loughner has been uncooperative and hostile.  They received court permission in June to forcibly medicate him in hopes of restoring his mental competency and thus, clearing the way for a trial.

But Loughner's lawyers have fought the involuntary treatments as illegal, harmful and potentially fatal to their client.  The forced medication was halted for awhile but was resumed two months ago.

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Jared Loughner Indicted in Tucson Shootings

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- A federal grand jury has indicted Jared Lee Loughner in the attempted killings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides.

The shooting left six people dead and at least 13 others wounded Saturday, Jan. 8, at a Tucson, Arizona shopping center.

The indictments for attempting to kill Giffords and two of her aides, Ron Barber and Pamela Simon, are expected to represent just the start of the federal case against Loughner, 22, of Tucson. He is expected to be charged in the six killings, but prosecutors continue to build those cases before pressing the charges.

Additional charges likely will be added later in superseding indictments, officials said.

Loughner could face life in prison if convicted of the attempted killings, according to a media release announcing the indictments.

The initial indictment came as the FBI reviews surveillance video of the Tucson shooting rampage that shows the horrific scene in clear detail.

It also shows acts of heroism, including federal Judge John Roll being gunned down as he tries to help another man.

The tapes are in the custody of the FBI and won't likely be released until trial.

The video obtained from the Safeway supermarket shows the area where Giffords was holding a "Congress on Your Corner" event. Authorities said Loughner is seen walking into the picture at 10:10 a.m.

According to officials who have seen the video, Loughner quickly moves around a table and shoots Rep. Giffords in her left forehead, just above her eye. At the time the shot was fired, Loughner was within three feet of Giffords.

Then, Loughner reportedly turned to his left, faced the crowd, and continued the shooting, officials said.

Officials said the crystal-clear video footage shows muzzle flashes as the gun is fired.

Besides Roll, five others were killed, including nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, Giffords' director of community outreach Gabriel Zimmerman, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Dorothy Morris.

Giffords survived the shooting and her condition has been upgraded to serious from critical.

In all, sources said Loughner allegedly fired 32 rounds before he was tackled by participants in Giffords' public event.

"I ran over to him and I knelt down and put my knee in his back, pulled out my cuffs and handcuffed him in place right there," said Pima County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Audetat. "As far as my recollection goes, he did not struggle with us at all."

Since his arrest, sources have described Loughner as calm, detached and often smiling.

The tapes may provide additional evidence that the assault was pre-meditated.

Loughner reportedly had ear plugs and was seen on tape talking calmly to a Safeway clerk in the moments before the shooting.

Sources said his parents have cooperated with the investigation and apparently had no idea what he had been planning.

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