January 9, 2011 by staff
Christina Greene, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona remains in critical condition after being shot in the head by a man who opened fire to his community meeting in Tucson, killing six people including a federal judge.
Giffords communicates by responding to simple commands, “Michael Lemole, chief of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona Medical University, said at a news conference today. She cannot open my eyes and cerebral edema is the biggest threat after a bullet traveled the length of the left side of his brain, doctors said.
“When you get shot in the head and the ball goes through your brain, you’re lucky if you survive and you’re lucky if you wake up,” said Peter Rhee, chief medical officer at the trauma center hospital. “Things are going very well and we are very happy at this stage.”
Costs in the shootings yesterday will be filed today against Jared Loughner, 22, Robert Mueller, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said at a news conference in Tucson. It is too early to speculate on motives Loughner, “he said.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said a person of interest whom authorities are still searching “may not have been involved in this incident at all.”
At least 18 people were killed, and among those who died were U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9 years, Christina Green. Giffords, a Democrat beginning his third term of two years in the House of the United States is in a coma after surviving a bullet in the head and surgery.
It is the only patient who remains in critical condition. Three patients in serious condition, said Rhee.
The dead include Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, helps Giffords, Dorothy Murray, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76, and Phyllis Schneck, 79, as the sheriff’s office.
Green was the granddaughter of Dallas Green, the director of the Philadelphia Phillies when they won the World Series in 1980, the baseball team said.
President Barack Obama, speaking to reporters in Washington, called the shooting “a tragedy for our entire country.”
“Violence has no place in a free society,” the president said. Obama Mueller sent to Arizona to lead the probe into the shooting.
House Legislation Postponed
Business on the legislative agenda of the U.S. House for the next week is postponed, “said Majority Leader of the House Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia. The House planned to vote Jan. 12 on the repeal of the review of Obama’s health care.
Villec Alex, 19-year volunteer for the campaign Giffords, told reporters at the scene he just feet when the man opened fire. The man broke through a line of people waiting to meet Giffords and asked to speak with her, he said.
Villec, a student at Georgetown University in Washington, said he told the man to go to the back of the group and taking turns. He did, and returned a few minutes later, when he opened fire.
“It was clear that he would do, he went to the congressman,” said Villec. He hid behind a pillar as the shooting continued, and then ran. “I’m lucky,” he said.
Spectators Tackle Gunman
Two people fought the gunman to the ground, “said Richard Kastigar, an office manager for the office of sheriff of Pima County.
“Some people are very brave during this horrific event and approached the shooter sat on him,” Kastigar said.
John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona who ran against Obama for the presidency, called the aggressor “an embarrassment to Arizona, this country and the human race.”
Giffords, 40, was elected in 2006, Arizona’s 8th congressional district, which includes a 114-mile (183 – km) border with Mexico. She previously served in the Legislature Arizona and has been CEO of the tires of his family and business cars.
Giffords is married to Mark Kelly, pilot of the U.S. Navy and NASA astronaut, and the only member with a spouse on active duty military.
Roll, the judge who was mortally wounded, was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Arizona for the Republican president George HW Bush in 1991. He became chief judge of the court in 2006.
Roll, 63, previously served as a judge in the courts of Arizona and as Deputy Prosecutor of the United States.
“We in the judiciary have suffered the terrible loss of one of us,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement. “Judge John Roll was advised that a lawyer has served selflessly Arizona and the nation with great distinction. ”
The Congressman was holding a congress on your corner “event at the grocery store when the gunman appeared and started shooting.
Tucson resident Roger Whithed, 55, said he lives three doors away from family Loughner and that he and others in the street does not know the family well.
The street is one block walk-in with the cacti and desert plants in the front yard. The house identified as belonging to Whithed family Loughner was cordoned off with tape and blocked with police cars.
Douglas Smith, spokesman for Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky., said Loughner tried to enlist in the army in 2008 and was rejected.
Reflections on social networking sites as the Loughner included statements suggesting that he planned to “prove” something.
“Most people do not seem to understand me, but I’ll prove to everyone how you’re wrong,” read one posting on the Facebook page under his name.
- With the help of Heidi Przybyla, Brendan McGarry, Dan Hart, John Hughes, Tim Homan and Shobhana Chandra in Washington. Andrea Snyder, Ann Hughey Editors
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