Psycho Jared Loughner’s main target in the Arizona mass shooting is beginning to recover from her injuries as families continue to grieve and ask why.
The congresswoman shot in the January 8 mass shooting in Arizona reached another milestone as mourners said goodbye to one of her staff members and a retired construction worker who died shielding his wife.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical to serious condition Sunday, eight days after being shot in the head at a public event.
“The congresswoman continues to do well,” University Medical Center said in a statement. The two other shooting victims still hospitalized were both in good condition, the hospital said.
On Sunday, the funeral for Dorwan Stoddard took place in Tucson. Witnesses said when the gunfire rang out, Stoddard, 76, was trying to protect his wife, Mavy, when he was shot in the head and fell onto her.
A memorial for Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman, 30, also took place Sunday. Zimmerman was director for community outreach on Giffords’ staff and was engaged to be married. Cameras were not allowed inside the memorial. Footage from KGUN showed people leaving the event, some of them stopping to embrace one another.
In addition to Stoddard and Zimmerman, those killed included 9-year-old Christina Green; Arizona’s chief federal judge, John Roll; Dorothy Morris, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79.
A total of 19 people were shot at the “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Tucson supermarket. Authorities believe Giffords was the target of the mass shooting that left six dead and another 13 wounded. A 22-year-old suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is in custody.
The contentious issue of gun control was put in the spotlight Saturday when one of the 13 wounded in the attack was involuntarily committed to a county mental services unit after he made threats against a Tea Party member at a town hall event in Tucson.
James Eric Fuller, 63, photographed Trent Humphries and said, “You are dead,” when Humphries began speaking at the event, according to Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jason Ogan.
Humphries told CNN that Fuller’s comment came when the town hall discussion turned toward the issue of gun control.
“I was asked to give my thoughts on gun control laws and perhaps the passage of new laws,” Humphries said of the incident. “I said something to the effect that although gun rights and laws are not necessarily the primary focus of the Tucson Tea Party, our community needs to be given the opportunity to allow some time to pass and people to heal before we start this type of political dialogue.”
SMH, we hope some good comes out of this mess in the long run.