Jared Lee Loughner, shot congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (Dem.) and 11 others at a Tuscon, Arizona, supermarket on Saturday. The suspect opened fire on a crowd of constituents who had gathered before the store for a "Congress on Your Corner" event. Six people were killed, including a federal judge and 9 year old girl. Giffords was seriously wounded after being shot in the head at point blank, within a 4 ft. range. Witnesses report Loughner "fired at least 20 shot indiscriminately" with a semi automatic pistol. Bystanders managed to overtake Loughner, hold him to the ground, and restrained him until authorities arrived. Giffords was transported to the Tuscon University Medical Center and is reported in critical condition following surgery.
Officials have not determined a motive but believe Loughner had a "troubled past." Loughner's MySpace and YouTube accounts contained anti-government messages and pictures. Pima County Sherriff Clarence Dupnick stated during a news conference following the attack that Loughner "has kind of a troubled past and we're not convinced he acted alone." Authorities are searching for a second suspect and are certain Giffords was the "intended target" of the attack.
In response to the shooting, the House of Representatives has postponed a vote to repeal President Obama's healthcare reform legislation that was scheduled for next week. Giffords had just started serving her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.