I been reading a few of the blogs here about the shooting in Az and I noticed that a point is being missed here.
Some folks are confused as to whether or not Mr. Jared Lee Loughner did in fact commit a political assassination in AZ
Well the facts show he very purposefully executed an assassination.
From an eye witness to the killings:
A 19-year-old volunteer at the event, Alex Villec, described how the violence unfolded.
Villec, a former staffer for the congresswoman, told The Associated Press that the man who later turned out to be the suspect arrived at the event wearing a black cap and baggy pants and asking for the congresswoman.
"I told him ... she'll be more than happy to talk to you as your turn comes," Villec said. The man walked away, but returned just minutes later and burst through a table separating Villec and Giffords from the public. Villec said he saw him raise an arm, and then he heard gunfire.
The gunman fired at Giffords and her district director and started shooting indiscriminately at staffers and others standing in line to talk to the congresswoman, said Mark Kimball, a communications staffer for Giffords.
"He was not more than three or four feet from the congresswoman and the district director," he said, describing the scene as "just complete chaos, people screaming, crying."
from: The Huffington Post/AP First Posted: 01- 8-11 01:14 PM | Updated: 01- 9-11 03:17 AM
We spoke to an eyewitness, Steven Rayle, who was on the scene at the time of the shooting and helped to hold the suspect down while waiting for police. Here's what he said:
The event was very informal: Giffords had set up a table outside the Safeway and about 20-30 people were gathered to talk to her. The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Giffords in the head first, "point blank". According to Rayle, who is a former ER doctor, Giffords was able to move her hands after being shot.
After shooting Giffords, the gunman opened fire indiscriminately for a few seconds, firing 20-30 rounds and hitting a number of people, including a kid no older than 10 years old. Rayle hid behind a concrete pole and pretended to be dead. When the gunman apparently ran out of ammunition he attempted to flee, but a member of Giffords' staff tackled him. Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-to-20 minutes later. The EMS came about 30 minutes later. Rayle said he was "stunned" by how long it took medical help to arrive.
The gunman was young, mid-to-late 20s, white, clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing and said nothing during the shooting or while being held down, although he struggled at first. He was "not particularly well-dressed"; he didn't look like a businessman, but more of a "fringe character," Rayle said. The sheriff's department arrived, arrested the gunman and cordoned off the parking lot.
CNN is reporting six killed and 12 wounded. Among the dead is a 9 year-old girl and federal judge John Roll.
Update: Meet the shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner.
[Video: Giffords criticizes the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin on MSNBC last year.]
It seems he is not a very capable person on his own.
He lives with his parents, he is a loner.
This makes it safe to conclude he was assisted in this assassination.
The fact he was caught alive is fortunate from a law enforcement perspective.
It will be very interesting to see who the helpers turn out to be.
The next few day's should be very interesting.