Tucson Shooting (lost unreleased surveillance video recording of gun attacks; 2011)

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A mugshot of the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner.

Status: Lost

On January 8th, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner carried out a mass shooting at a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, Arizona. At 10:10 A.M., Loughner drew a pistol and shot Representative Gabby Giffords in the head at point-blank range.[1] He then fired randomly at others surrounding, killing 6, including federal District Court judge John Roll.[2] An employee at the supermarket claimed he heard "15 to 20" gunshots. Loughner was hit in the back of the head with a folding chair by Roger Salzgeber, and then (Loughner) was later apprehended.[3]


The chief investigator for the sheriff’s department has publicly described a video clip from a store security camera that shows a gunman not only shooting Representative Gabrielle Giffords just above the eyebrow at a range of three feet but then using his 9-millimeter pistol to gun down others near her at a similarly close range.

Judge John M. Roll appears to have died while helping to save the life of Ronald Barber, a Giffords employee, as per Richard Kastigar of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Barber, who was near Ms. Giffords when he got shot twice, has left the hospital.

Mr. Kastigar said Tuesday that the video shows Ms. Giffords standing with her back a few inches from a wall when she got shot by the gunman, who approached in “a hurried fashion” with the gun at his side and then raised it and fired a single bullet above her eye at a range of no more than two or three feet.

Loughner was arrested in the shootings. In the video, the pistol “is down near his right side, but it is visibly out from where he was keeping it, presumably under his clothing, and then he raises it and fires,” Mr. Kastigar said. “It happens in a matter of seconds.”


The tape was never released to the public. The tape is most likely still in possession of the FBI and will probably never be released.[4]


ABC News animated reenactment of the shooting.


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