More details to follow. Prayers are being offered for all 18 victims of this madman.
UPDATE 1: From Left Coast Rebel, it seems there as an incident involving another Giffords event in 2009 that was similar:
in August 2009, when there were demonstrations against the health care measure across the nation, a protester who showed up to meet Ms. Giffords at a supermarket event similar to Saturday’s was removed by the police when the pistol he had holstered under his armpit fell and bounced on the floor.
UPDATE 2: The shooter’s My Space page seems to have been pulled. Sarah and Shrine friend, Anthony Porello, have found some material culled some key material (via Smoking Gun).
Before its content was deleted following today’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the alleged gunman’s MySpace page included, as seen above, a picture of suspect Jared Laughner and a photo of a what appears to be a Glock 9mm handgun atop a U.S. history textbook.
UPDATE 3: The representatives of the San Diego Tea Party group, the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, are working on a formal statement. So far, here are statements from two of the three co-founders.
Sarah Bond: “We are deeply saddened over this senseless tragedy. The Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition offers our condolences to the family of all 18 victims, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. We cannot express the level of our sorrow over the deaths of Chief Judge John, the young girl, and the other four who have perished at the hands of a young man obviously suffering from serious mental illness.”
Leslie Eastman: “A dreadful act was committed in Tuscon today, abhorrent to all feeling Americans. My heartfelt prayers go out to all the victims and their families. As a journalist, I wanted to take this time to caution news pundits that their attempts to assign political blame to this tragedy detracts from the profound horror of this event. There is time enough for politics later; right now the focus should be on comforting the victims and determining how to prevent a similar event from occurring.
That being said, it turns out that Gabrielle Giffords was a Blue Dog Democrat, like myself. She was more a friend to issues important to the Tea Party than foe. However, my concern right now is as one mother for another — I am praying that she can heal quickly and return in full health and capacity back to her family and constituents.”
UPDATE 4: Left Coast Rebel also has a detailed review of items pertaining to the perpetrator’s mental health status.
UPDATE 5: HillBuzz details the Tweets of a former friend of the shooter, who indicates his politics were leftist.
UPDATE 6: Jim Treacher notes that as Daily Kos guru rails against Palin, it hosted a post (since deleted) that was entitled: MY CONGRESSWOMAN IS DEAD TO ME (Meaning Gabrielle Giffords, for voting against Pelosi).
UPDATE 7: Michelle Malkin has the names of the others who died at the hands of Loughner:
The deceased have been identified as: Judge John Roll ,63; Dorthy Murray, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; Christina Greene, 9; Phyllis Scheck, 79; and Gabriel Zimmerman, 30. Zimmerman was Gibbons’ aide and was engaged to be married.
HillBuzz notes Christina Green, the 9-year old, was born on Sept. 11, 2001. Like HillBuzz, prayer will be said for their souls, and that of God’s newest angel.