Gabrielle Giffords Shooter: Chilling YouTube Video Believed to Be Made by Suspect, 22-Year-Old Jared Loughner; Doctors "Optimistic" Congresswoman Will Survive

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot this morning in Tucson.
Authorities confirm to New Times that the man suspected of shooting U.S. Congresswoman Gabriell Giffords and several others this morning in Tucson is 22-year-old Jared Loughner.

A motive for the shooting is unknown at the moment, and little is known about Loughner.

However, a YouTube video believed to be made by Loughner was discovered this afternoon, in which he makes bizarre references to the "illiterate" constituency in Arizona's 8th Congressional District.

See the video below.



Click here to see more videos believed to be made by Loughner.

Loughner also left a message on his MySpace page saying simply "goodbye friends."

State Senator Linda Lopez told Fox News this afternoon that she was told the shooter is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, but that has not been confirmed by New Times.

At a press conference in Tucson this afternoon, the director of the University Medical Center, where Giffords was taken after the shooting, briefed the media on the status of the congresswoman and the others brought to the hospital.

According to hospital director Pete Rhee, Giffords is out of surgery and in critical condition.

"I'm as optimistic as I can be in this situation," Rhee says.

Giffords was shot in the head and the bullet went "through the brain," Rhee says.

Two people have been confirmed dead following the shooting: Federal Judge John Roll and an unidentified 9-year-old child.

Roll, a University of Arizona grad, was appointed to the bench in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.

Five other victims are reported to be in critical condition, and five others are reported to be in surgery.

Law enforcement authorities are expected to hold a press briefing at 6 p.m., where we're expected to learn more details about the shooter.

Check back to Valley Fever for updates.

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Sarah9525
Sarah9525

Reading all the posts,, people are still bent on blaming radio hosts, anchorpeople, media, etc,,, WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER??? WHO WERE HIS PARENTS??HOW WAS HE RAISED??? WHAT WAS HIS REALITY!!!

Royosborne70
Royosborne70

there is no reason in the world to go on a killing spree they need to give loughner the max sentace possible this is sad i send my regardes to the family my thoughts and pryers are with you

Desiree Bernstein
Desiree Bernstein

Linda Lopez, and Aryana Huffington must be on the same page. ALWAYS sticking their Liberal Progressive shoes in their mouth before getting the TRUTH. I don't know who is worse, drive-by politicians or progressive liberal news people. The ONLY ONES defending freedom are our Armed Forces in harms way. Get your information straight before you pull a Murtha and look stupid. God bless our Armed Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. Amen.

Razanarchista
Razanarchista

The media is attempting to manufacture Loughner as a misguided youth with “anarchist” tendencies rather than another Anglo terrorist that conscientiously carried out a political hit for conservative symbolic value. What also makes this tragedy a terrorist act is that it was largely informed by an ideology of hate that Loughner shared with political officials and radio talks show hosts like Sara Palin, Jan Brewer, Tom Horne, Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh etc.—not to mention Tea Party conservatives that openly carried weapons to political rallies and used violent metaphors and militaristic images on their websites suggesting that Obama and “liberals” be assassinated—Sara Palin and her bulls eye targets and weaponry rhetoric are a case in point. This ideology of hate has consistently produced ethnocentric vigilantes that will bite when people like Palin, Brewer and Limbaugh bark. In public, they feign tears like Jan Brewer, but in private, they revel in what they believe is a small battle leading to their violent “war of maneuver.” These conservative hate radio hosts and racist republican politicians can try to distance themselves from Loughner as much as they can, but they can never fully do that since most everything they’ve said is already documented on the internet. Just like them, Loughner believed Gifford was largely responsible for “low” educational standards in her district, especially in terms of English language acquisition and grammar. Just like them, Loughner criticized the federal government and thought the U.S. Constitution needed to be rewritten. An anarchist would not promote displacing a federal constitutional document for a narrower conservative constitution. You media pundits need to stop invoking the word “anarchist” as a shock term to manage perceptions and de-emphasize the connection between Loughner’s actions and conservative politicians and bark [sic] show hosts in America.

This is how most mainstream media largely manufactures its news reports: When Latinos and Chicanos study Latino and Mexican-American history, they are considered a terrorist hate group that is planning for another reconquista—but when a white conservative attempts to assassinate a politician, he is written of as a misguided quack. What’s wrong with this so-called “neutral” reporting?

Kc92065
Kc92065

You, are uninformed , and oblivious to the lack of FACTS re: this perps state of mind!!!! Your term "right wing", exposes you as an a raza leftiist marooon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alphavillebooks
Alphavillebooks

This is the most thoughtful post on this site I've seen so far. Much thanks.

Alehound
Alehound

One less Federal judge. boohoo

XSoldier
XSoldier

UPDATE:

azcentral.com is reporting that Congresswoman Giffords is out of surgery and is responding to commands. A comforting thought as Arizona pulls itself out of this needless and senseless tragedy.

XSoldier
XSoldier

EC:The safety of the people, even those with weapons, is far more important than the state's population count.

What this useless piece of shit did should automatically qualify him for the needle, regardless of political affiliation and ignorance. This isn't about politics. This is about a mentally disturbed 22 year old man who was hellbent on murdering Congresswoman Giffords, using an automatic weapon to open fire on a crowd of people, including a well-known and well-respected congresswoman, killing 6, including a 9 year old, and wounding 20 others, including Congresswoman Giffords.

The last I heard, the congresswoman was out of surgery and still in critical condition. Only time will tell if she will make a full recovery.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

A truly tragic day for all the victims of this sick young man. We pray for all the families who lost their loved one and are fighting for their lives. The arrogance of those who have led the state for decades who have continued to create more and more hate is producing young people who are lost in this ever declining society known as Arizona.

Stephen Normandin
Stephen Normandin

people are coming to end of there ropes.... this is a result of Politicians and Obama's Disregard for our laws, and the American people's voice played out in a mad man luntic whos see's the destruction of the American empire pending? when you see the theft of are unborn childern's children... for some anger becomes action. NOW people will pay attention all too late Very Sad

Anon
Anon

This is about Arizona's disregard for life -- follow the recent deaths of people waiting for organ transplants, the many ill and dying in Arizona's prisons at an alarming rate....

CountryKid
CountryKid

I just couldn't contain myself when I read this cockeyed comment! Since when does anyone have a RIGHT to another persons body parts. And since when does the citizenry have a responsibility to provide free organ transplants to convicted criminals or anyone else for that matter!

Most organs are destroyed by life choices. Please, people, lets all accept responsibility for our own lives and not always expect others to pay for what ever we imagine we deserve.

Anon
Anon

SN, This is not about President Obama but about a ill young man produced in the culture of decades of hatred and bigotry grown as a brand in Arizona.

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

No, wait, I thought this was all about the Teabaggers and their hate-filled Town Councils driving Poor Lefty Jared to the insanity of socialist despair?

Mimi
Mimi

Some of the other posts address the use of grammar and its effectiveness. Your post is not only ungrammatical but also demonstrates unorganized thinking leading to illogical and unsupported conclusions.

Rowan
Rowan

Please don't claim to speak for me. You absolutely do not. I, like many, completely disagree with your fear-mongering rhetoric. I feel that Obama has made great strides toward cleaning up after his incompetent predecessor.

XSoldier
XSoldier

At first I must admit I did not like Obama. I still don't, but I will award him kudos for his immediate response to this situation. It shows he responds well under pressure.

If memory serves me correctly, George W. Bush had 4 major disasters to deal with: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Minnesota bridge collapse, and the start of the recession. Also, Bush did a great job of helping us deal with the MCSO shurf, who is currently being investigated by a federal GJ. The investigation into abuse of power started in 2008. He also dispatched the DOJ here to get info on Joe's gulag archipelago also in 2008. Obama is simply picking up where Bush left off.

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

You are free to imagine any fantasy you want to. We realize, being on The Left, you don't consider yourself bound by "reality", any more than Ol' Jared did.

In 20 years, Bush will be remembered as positively as Reagan, while Obama will be recalled as the "Carter" of Democratic success.

Curtis Jasper
Curtis Jasper

Please don't pretend the rest of us are unhinged lunatics that revel in the "end of days" or "destruction of America" propaganda.

Dobey Gillis
Dobey Gillis

This guy is obviously a fruitcake. I spent 30 years speaking with loony people and he's clearly a loony one. Another video on his YouTube site -- I think the oldest one -- does a better job of portraying that he's a whacko. Psychiatrists do the job of coming up with categories and scientific labels for these guys; from a layman's point of experienced view, this guy is delusional, and full of himself, with his rambling talk about illegitimate currencies that aren't backed by gold and silver, and how he founded a new currency. Unfortunately this sounds like a repeat of Oklahoma City in that he's a member or former member of the U.S. military -- McVeigh, the bomber of the Fed Bldg in Oklahoma City, learned how to kill in the Iraq War #1 in 1990, thus found it easy to kill 200 people in Oklahoma. This Tucson fruitcake reportedly learned how to kill in Afghanistan -- if true, then we must ask ourselves, what kind of monsters come home to us from these wars? Some soldiers apparently just go over the edge once they've killed people. It's terrible.

Razanarchista
Razanarchista

This fool thinks that grammar is reflective of one's cognitive capacities--studies demonstrate that grammar has nothing to do with one's ability to think critically. Being "literate" in a textocentric sense does not demonstrate one's cognitive capacities either. This fool is the best example--he claims to be literate but he's just as stupid as all those ethnocentric and nationalists pigs in Arizona. How about this for all you grammarians of the state--the greatest double negative of all time: "We don't need no education..."

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

Having GRAMMAR and LANGUAGE skills, along with MATHEMATICAL ability, is a large part of what makes you HUMAN.

If you don't have those, then pardon me if I don't really give a rodent's patootie about your ignorant half-witted opinion.

Sean Laney
Sean Laney

You said: "...studies demonstrate that grammar has nothing to do with one's ability to think critically."

Would you care to point us to these studies? I certainly have never seen one, and in my experience, most people with a good grasp of grammar are better critical thinkers than those who don't.

Mimi
Mimi

That would be "most people who have a good grasp of grammar are better critical thinkers than those who don't." I agree that good grammar definitely helps us make logical, sensible expressions of our thinking, and it also demonstrates that there is orderly, rational thinking behind the expressions. This Loughner person makes absolutely no sense. Both his grammar and his logic are faulty. I watched his videos. He frames his disordered "ideas" in faulty syllogisms as if he is trying desperately to make logical sense of his very confused thoughts. Sadly, I guess it worked for him.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Jesus, and THIS guy has the nerve to talk about the people in Gifford's district being illiterate? That was the most incomprehensible piece of jumbled garbage I've seen in a long time... What a joke.

So when does Sarah Palin speak out? After all, she had Giffords on her famous "crosshair" map, I think a little message would be appropriate.

Hypocrisy is the left's god.
Hypocrisy is the left's god.

Wait, you live under a rock.The Daily KOS was caught scrubbing its pages of the left's "Targeted" map with bull'seye Targets all over it...There are verified screen captures all over the place.

Hypocrisy is in the left's DNA.

Dobey Gillis
Dobey Gillis

Oh, you can bet Sarah Palin's going to shut up for a little while. Probably cancelling her engagements for the next two weeks as I type this. Cross-hair Sarah. She'll shut up, just like the pro-offshore oil drilling advocates quickly shut up last summer when that BP well leaked millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Not a single one of them would appear in front of a microphone with their big know-it-all mouths. I predict the same thing with Ms. Palin. She won't dare go in front of a microphone for several weeks.My sympathies go out to all families and friends of those killed and wounded today in Tucson Arizona. I am thousands of miles away -- if any are your friends, please help them in this time of need on behalf of all of us across the USA who mourn this loss.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Mikey - yes, I am quite interested to hear what she has to say about that and the "reload" and "aim at these Democrats" comments she has made. Bet she doesn't think she's so cute at the moment. Damn twit!

Able
Able

The blame for this can be blamed squarely on Rush, Beck, and the Tea Party.

Sarah9525
Sarah9525

No Dumbass, Loughner pulled the trigger. His brain is responsible.

Sundancer268
Sundancer268

Jared Loughner is described as a "left-wing political radical."

Sloof
Sloof

A lunatic killed a child, he is solely to blame. C'mon now...

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

No, clearly we can, with our new information, blame it all on Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and Boxer... Right?

Wait, what? NOW he's a lone nutjob, with no political party responsible?

If the first had the slightest validity, how doesn't the O/P/R/B meme?

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? The Republicans go around the country demonizing Democrats, making up the most personal of lies (death panels) and then refuse to take responsibility for the foreseeable consequences of their acts.

Face it - if the democrats were as the republicans painted them -- supporting death panels, being lead by a foriegner, seeking to strip away liberty and steal the wealth of all but for the illegal aliens, then a war against them would be necesarry.

Most people know the republicans are lying, but this kid didn't. Republicans hate being held accountable for their actions, but now we can add more dead to the ones Gov. Brewer has killed with her real death panels.

Stop the madness, toss out anyone who panders to the extreme, on the left or the right.

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

OK, Kit, now that we find out that this lunatic was a lefty pothead, are you going to continue blaming the Tea Party? Or are you going to suddenly, magically, "poof!!" decide the SOB was a "lone nutjob". Because CLEARLY, it can't be the hate-filled diatribes of any of the mass of lefty lunatics that encouraged this POS to do what he did.

NAW.

XSoldier
XSoldier

I hope Congresswoman Giffords makes it. This was absolutely needless and senseless. I just requested some help from her regarding an issue, and was awaiting a response, even though I live in CD6.

Shoooting a 9 year old to death should AUTOMATICALLY qualify this SOB to death.

The dumbass who did it is as illiterate as he is stupid. He knows what he did was wrong, will attempt to raise an insanity defense at his high profile trial, and be found guilty. I hope Arizona sentences this asshole to death. Arizona will be better off without people like Jared Loughner.

ec
ec

Arizona would lose a substantial portion of its population without people like Jared.

aaa
aaa

your saying that a states population count is more important than the safety of its people

Obloodyhell
Obloodyhell

No, he's saying that Arizona is full of too many ignorant crazy LEFTISTS with guns.

One crazy leftist with a gun is clearly a very dangerous thing. Thank God MOST of the crazy leftists eschew gun ownership, now that we see what happens when they don't.

aab
aab

no, he's saying Arizona is full of ignorant crazy people with too many guns

Keeleyaurora
Keeleyaurora

his own video has grammar mistakes in it. terrible.

Edwardbergland
Edwardbergland

typical liberal look for mistakes of others then spin it to blame them.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I think mistakes in his grammer would be the least of my concerns!

Sean Laney
Sean Laney

Correction: grammar, not grammer.

Keeleyaurora
Keeleyaurora

It's just the exact opposite of whatever twisted message he's trying to send. It's clear he was deeply disturbed and what happened was a terrible tragedy to Americans.

The Media Lies
The Media Lies

he was deeply disturbed by the larger society that provided him with conservative and Teabagger ideologies.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Ummm... yes, my point was that he seems to be a really twisted dude, Sampson. I wasn't trying to give Keeleyaurora a hard time!

Sampson
Sampson

Give Keeleyaurora a break, we all know what she meant. The shooter is a dope, crazy and we all pray for the victims. Besides, Keeley's picture is hot :)

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