11 people shot at a Safeway in Tucson, AZ at 10:30 AM local time (12:30 PM EST).
1 confirmed dead, a 9 year old girl.
2 others shot include a United States District Court judge and one staffer.
At this instant, the word is that the Congresswoman is alive, was hit in a through-and-through head-shot, and the neurosurgeon is "confident of recovery."
The shooter was a 22 year old white male [NOT an Afghan war vet as reported], Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson, AZ.
I will not speculate at this time as to political motivations. Let's wait for the dust to settle.
All I can say is this:
Christ help us, Christ forgive us, Christ have mercy!
Two words: Batshit. Crazy.
And if so, then NOBODY can ascribe a political motive to this, any more than to the guy that shot the two cops in the Capitol a few years ago. Serious delusional illness has no politics.
From his YOUTUBE video:
and his YOUTUBE profile:
Name:Jared Lee Loughner
Joined:October 25, 2010
About Me: My name is Jared Lee Loughner!
Schools:I attended school: Thornydale elementary,Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View Highschool, Northwest Aztec Middle College, and Pima Community College.
Interests:My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college!
Movies:(*My idiom: I could coin the moment!*)Music:Pass me the strings!Books: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.
RK here. IOW, NOT a Teapartier. NOT a conservative. Not a Republican. Not an illegal-immigration anything. Ahem. Thank you for not blaming us.
UPDATE, 1830 hrs EST:
1. 18 shot. 6 dead, including AZ Fed Circuit Chief Judge John Roll and a little girl, unnamed [who was apparently born on 9/11/2001, God rest her soul].
2. Congresswoman Giffords expected to 'live', further info not known.
3. No new developments as to the shooter. I still think he's merely batshit crazy and this is a non-political event.
ADDENDUM: SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2010 09:30 HRS
1. He's nuts.
2. His politics, FWIW, appear leftist with a libertarian twist. But don't blame the left for this.
3. Don't blame the right for this either.
4. Again, he's nuts. Nuts happens.
To swine like Michael Daly, and all those who want to blame Sarah Palin for yesterday's abomination, I quote Glenn Reynolds at INSTAPUNDIT:
If you’re using this event to criticize the 'rhetoric' of Sarah Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you’re either asserting a connection between the 'rhetoric' and the shooting — which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie — or you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. So which is it?