Congresswoman Able to Communicate With Doctors; Second Suspect Sought

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Authorities are looking for this man, who they say is a "person of interest" in yesterday's shooting rampage in Tucson.
Doctors treating Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords following yesterday's shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead and several injured say the congresswoman is responding to commands. Meanwhile, a second "person of interest" is sought by authorities investigating the tragedy.

Of the many heroes who prevented shooting suspect Jared Loughner from committing further mayhem was a woman who wrestled with the gunman as he attempted to reload his Glock 9-millimeter handgun, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says. The woman already had been shot when she bravely wrestled a full clip away from Loughner before he was taken to the ground. Pima County Sheriff's spokesman Jason Ogan would not identify the woman at the time of this writing.

Giffords remains heavily sedated and in critical condition after she wasg shot "through the brain," University Medical Center director Pete Rhee says.

The main concern, he says, is swelling of the brain, but doctors have removed a large portion of the left side of her skull to alleviate any pressure that may build. Doctors say she's being awakened periodically and is responding to commands.

"Words cannot express the shock and devastation we feel about today's senseless attack. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who were slain, and our prayers continue for Congresswoman Giffords and the others who are struggling for their lives," Arizona Democratic Chairman Don Bivens says in a statement.

The second "person of interest" (pictured above) is not suspected of shooting anyone. He was, however, seen with Loughner

"We don't have any reason to believe at this time that that individual is a participant in this shooting," FBI Director Robert Mueller, on the scene in Tucson, says.

Dupnik went on to say, "We are still searching for the person of interest but are more satisfied in our minds that this person may not have been involved at all."

Mueller says Loughner is expected to be charged this afternoon with the assault on Giffords and the murder of Federal Judge John Roll. More charges will follow, Mueller says.

"This is an attack on our way of life," Mueller says.

Dupnik continued to blame extremist political ramblings for possibly contributing to pushing Loughner -- who he describes as unstable but not insane -- over the edge. He says, given the political climate, Arizona has become a hotbed for that type of rhetoric.

"[Arizona has] become a Mecca for prejudice and bigotry," he said yesterday. "That may be free speech, but it's not without consequence."

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Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

Well, some of our Associates are simply too stupid, illiterate, drunk, or all three, and cannot contribute decent comments, so I'm copying one from MIKE LACEY'S article:

"Thanks to PHOENIX NEW TIMES' (www.PhoenixNewTimes.com) MIKE LACY for not taking political advantage of the tragic TUCSON shootings, which seriously wounded U.S. Representative GARIELLE GIFFORDS. We wish her well and a speedy recovery. LACY's not crying about taking his opponents' guns away or gagging his illiterate redneck opponents like SARAH PALIN. He's also grinning when we call JOE ARPAIO a "little greaseball hick" from Springfield, Massachusetts. Plus, he knows that we're pissed off NEW YORKERS with BIG MONEY CLAIMS against ARPAIO, who will not respond even with a false arrest. MIKE is well aware that it's advantageous to let those loudmouth East Coast maniacs scream. Good choice, MIKE. First Amendment wins, now get to the real issues. LACY astutely blames mental illness and our grossly negligent recognition and treatment of the seriously mentally ill, called "SMI" in Sand Land. Please see http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c... Unlike his sheltered staff writers, the native New Yorker LACY still remembers the horrors of the notorious "Willowbrook" state hospital in his home state, as he slams the hellhole in our faces again as a bitter reminder of our failure to confront and treat the problem. LACY also notes that untreated or poorly-treated mental illness fuels chronic homelessness. The guy has a heart. For a man whose day isn't complete unless he's bellowed "Fuck You!" to somebody, OLD MIKE is showing alot of decency, compassion, and respect for The Constitution. We're glad to see this jaded journalist and grizzled gatekeeper back in the fray, because he can help AMERICA right now. We know he's seen the attached HODGES LETTER, and he already is probably fuming about BARRY SOETORO aka OBAMA conspiring with "Geezer G," or GEORGE BUSH, SENIOR, to rip off AMERICA for trillions. LACY may even be enraged enough at the WANTAGATE theft to come out against SOETORO/OBAMA.

We hope."

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Bill L
Bill L

Since when do the philosophical rantings of a sheriff constitute evidential fact? If personal opinions without factual basis are the stuff of factual evidence then I'd like to testify in any of these trials that the Sheriff is a @#$%^& moron.

Anomynous
Anomynous

I am sorry, but Governor Jan Brewer is only trying to save our Constitutional Right and us Americans should be backing her up. We don't need anymore immigrants using our taxpayers dollars on welfare, health benefits when us Americans don't have any. This is unfair to say that Arizona is our Tombstone. President Obama should be protecting her, not suing the state. I am a true American and do believe our Constitutional rights should be protected. It is the Governments fault in my beliefs to making America the way it is today. they only think of themselves. Who has a pension like them, using our taxpayers money on their wealthyness. How sad what this Nation has become. We shouldn't have to protect our borders when they should be protected in the first place.....

wherewasi
wherewasi

Yes, Annonymous - You are indeed sorry.

So sorry that yoiu don't recognize what this article is about.

Hint: Illegal immigration has nothing to do with this story. Brewer is an ignorant, uneducated twit. And you posting on this thread about your twisted "illegal immigrant" bullshit has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

So whine no more. Find an appropriate forum for you rant.

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?

GrumpyOldVet
GrumpyOldVet

Wow... you and old Jared should go out on a date, a couple of dangerously stupid and misinformed leftist stooges out shooting up the town... you two are a natural match made in heaven.

dorothycarlo
dorothycarlo

I totally agree that campaign reform and somehow overturning Citizens United vs FEC would solve deal of problems facing our country, but campaign reform has nothing to do with yesterday's effects.

The disciplines of hate
The disciplines of hate

Are you listening, Governor ?ARIZONA HAS BECOME A "MECCA" FOR PREJUDICE AND BIGOTRY... And you sure as hell did your part. All of your mindless, mouthy filth regarding subjects and people you have no familarity with. "Headless corpses in Avondale"; all border runners are drug smuggling for the Mexican cartels".Why can't you ever keep that stupid mouth of yours shut... like you did at the televised debate, in which you embarrassed the entire state - if that's possible.Louie Puroll gets tanked by Sheriff Paul for telling stories of bullshit; Arpaios's now so scared the old freak doesn't show his fat face on TV anymore. That's go to hurt. There's more to come, on that you can be sure.Andyass Thomas is dead in the water.Are all ya all happy now ???

Helloseekers
Helloseekers

Stop your hateful ranting - you'll push someone over the edge.

anomynous
anomynous

You are so distorted........

FREEDOM
FREEDOM

more proof never to trust clean cut short haired males no matter what age they are or what skin color they are. they use that clean cut yuppie look to fool you into thinking the are swell nice guys and to hide the evil thats lurks deep inside their souls. dont trust clean cut short haired males ever.

Amazed
Amazed

I truly hope that your simply kidding with this silly statement of yours. really?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Turns out the "second suspect" was a cab driver who was paid by Jared to drive him to the shopping center. No involvement in the crime.

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