22-year-old Arizona resident Jared Laughner opened fire into a crowd today at a “Congress on Your Corner” event held by Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, critically injuring the congresswoman and killing at least five people in the process (including District Court Judge John M. Roll).
The controversy that people are latching onto is that Rep. Giffords is noted to be one of the 20 representatives that have earned a spot on the SarahPAC “Hit List”, featuring literal crosshairs marking their locations.
A bunch of news outlets are reporting on it, but in all honesty the most up-to-date information will probably show up here first.
An eyewitness account to Gawker from Steven Rayle, one of the people that helped apprehend Laughner:
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.
Live footage from the AP here.