Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Latest News : Surveillance Video Shows Gunman Shooting Gabrielle Giffords

TUCSON, Ariz. — Surveillance video from an Arizona grocery store shows moments of mayhem and a judge's heroism as a gunman shoots Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the face,then turns the gun on a crowd of people waiting to meet the congresswoman,an Arizona sheriff's official said Wednesday.

It also shows the gunman walking toward Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and firing his first bullet into her face from two to three feet away, the officials said; he then blasts 31 more shots in a span of no more than 15 seconds. Doctors initially said the bullet entered Giffords's head from the back, but they have since said it struck her above the left eye, and the footage leaves little doubt of that.

Pima County Sheriff's Chief Rick Kastigar said he watched the first part of the surveillance video, which shows 22-year-old Jared Loughner shooting Giffords in the forehead from about 2 feet away. It also shows U.S. District Judge John Roll trying to shield Giffords aide Ron Barber from gunfire.

Rick Krueger, the first person in line at the early Saturday opening of the Crossroads of the West gun show at the Pima County Fairgrounds here, blamed weaknesses in the mental-health system, not guns, for the shootings."This really is not about guns," he said, referring to the shooting. "It's about mental illness and a person who had an agenda."

Templeton said none of the 200-some exhibitors had canceled and the company expected about 6,000 people to attend the show. Items for sale included everything from "gun juice," a type of lubricant, to AK-47 40-round magazines for $19.99.

The tragic shooting of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the slaying of five of her constituents at a Tuscon, Arizona political meeting illustrates one thing - that the Tea Party has generated a climate where extremist talk flourishes.

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