January 10th, 2011
07:20 PM ET

Giffords stabilizes as suspect goes to court

CNN Wire Staff

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona remained in critical but stable condition in a Tucson hospital Monday as her alleged would-be assassin made his first appearance in court.

The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, briefly appeared in a Phoenix courtroom to formally hear the charges against him. A preliminary hearing was set for January 24.

"We are focused and we are determined to achieve justice," U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke said in a written statement.

Loughner is accused of opening fire outside a Tucson supermarket where Giffords was meeting with constituents Saturday. Six people were killed - including a federal judge - and 14 others were wounded in the shooting.

In addition to Giffords, seven other patients remained hospitalized, doctors at University Medical Center said. Five of the patients were in serious condition and two in good condition.

Two patients remain in intensive care, they noted.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Verne MacDonald

    Watching Mr Coopers' report tonight with Bill Mahr, I had to agree with him. Yes those "cross hairs" on Palin's map were designed to look like rifle sights; not a serveyer's map. She coins the phrase "don't retreat, reload", and then the maps show up? Come On! I don't suffer fools well!!

    The female guest Anderson had on from the Conservative Right, was just flat out lying about the reason for the design of Palin's ad's and then someone calling the show said it wasn't Sarah's responsibility, but rather the fault of the people she hired to do the artwork.

    p.s. The female guest never addressed Bill's comment on the foolishness of allowing guns like this Gloch 19 to be allowed on the American market.

    The trouble with Americans is without massive weaponry, you feel castrated. Get over it people, your not number one anymore and never can be, so learn to communicate like humans for a change, eh?

    Finally all I can say is: "God Bless Canada".

    January 11, 2011 at 3:59 am |
  2. Lanette Higley

    Thank you for talking with the victims, the terror will live on. To help them with post traumatic stress, they need some tools. One is emotional release. This event, the chain that it started, will continue to haunt not only these people, but family, friends, communities, states. The far reaching events are difficult to gage. Nothing can change that event, the continued grief, horror and emotions. Healing the emotional onslaught is possible. Emotional release is what helps people move forward.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    I feel for this lady and her family.They have my sincere condolences even though she remains alive and may live.
    My wife sufferd aphasia to the same left brain area 6 years ago it left her a previous bi- lingual speaker with only native language skill, severely damaged short term memory loss, reading and writing significant difficulties, and some restriction to the right side motor skills. But character wise was a huge changer.
    The damage was caused simply by blood leaking in the brain ( associated swelling thereof, immediate and possibly months later swelling of the hydrocephulus) not the additional trauma of a bullet passing thru it, and the ripping effect of skull bone fragments.
    Re-hab just does not work on the speech etc., a little bit on the motor skills depending on the level of damage.
    The only hope is that how people come out of this is different in each and every case, and the Doc's have no idea of the outcome for months not days.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  4. Cathy Thomas

    Love your show. I am deeply saddened by the events in Tucson and send my condolences to all of the victims and their families. Along with other topics, please take the time to do some research and educate people about mental health problems as part of this story. A few points: (a) there is no evidence that this young man has ever been diagnosed or treated for a mental illness, (b) very negative terms are being used for people with mental health problems, (c) not all people with mental health problems are violent or have the potential for violence, (d) for the most part,in mental health professions, we have no reliable or predictable way of determining who might actually become violent, (e)the parents of an adult child have no legal basis for getting or enforcing treatment for their adult child, and (f) the community college also would not have a legal power other than recommending treatment. These situations are very frustrating for parents and schools because until "something" happens, it isn't possible to intervene. Think about domestic violence as an analogy here–This is a very difficult situation. Thanks for the venue to post. Sincerely, Cathy (PS I am a professor of special education and have worked with many children with emotional and behavioral issues over the years)

    January 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  5. Deborah

    Maybe if the media (and the country) focused less on whether the perps in these cases have a mental illess (and using the epithets that go along with fear of "crazies"), more people might actually seek treatment. Also, research for years has shown people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators of violence. And what about the amount of carnage that is done by guns in the hands of raging untreated alcoholics?

    January 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  6. sally evans

    anderson anybody with have a brain sees how the right wing has fired up the gun talk and everything else.when the sheriff said we have to stop the hate and paronoid speech of mistrust of government you didn't see democrats getting all defensive.sarah palin didn't pull the trigger but neither did charles manson

    January 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  7. Barb loren

    Who were the Community College etc. supposed to "report" him to? Can't force someone into treatment and I am not aware of any mechanism "to report" someone for acting weird.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Theres no one at fault democrats or republican this is just a case of a crazy person at large .

    January 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  9. kenneth miaczynski

    Anderson the nuts are back again.you remember westboro protesting the funerals of the dead soliders from IRAQ.Now they are going to protest the ones who died in tucson.Wonder will anyone cry if the same thing happed to them

    January 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  10. Pauline

    Why have you not mentioned the women who was shot and tried (before the men) to pull the clip away from the shooter she is the one to focus on the men came second!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  11. Annie Kate

    The man sounds like he has mental problems which will probably get him out of the death penalty. I hope there is a mental institution that will keep him for the rest of his life. He's destroyed too many lives and devastated too many others to be let back out on the streets.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  12. Susan Droege

    The Sheriff is articulate and the only one who can speak the truth!

    January 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  13. Debbie

    The mental instability of this young man reminds me of the Virginia Tech shooter.

    I suggest if a school/college, mental health worker,etc feels a person has mental problems, that person should automatically be tagged in a national data base and not allowed to buy a gun.

    This is just too much!!!! Wake up America. How many more people have to be sacrificed?

    January 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  14. Jose

    Why hasn't this guy been called a terrorist yet? Maybe if he had brown or black skin he would have been called a terrorist when this terrible event first happened. Not once has anyone referred to him as who he is..a terrorist!

    January 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  15. Blair Camp

    This comment is not intended to detract from the events in AR. The Congressperson and all victims live in this nation as do millions of others. It is very common for innocent people in the US to be attached or killed without cause or reason. This happens all over; in our own neighborhoods, on the highway, in restaurants. The President does not send the Director of the FBI to assist in these investigations. He hold a national moment of silence for them. The media does not give these major event air time. It is important that all people be given equal concern and consideration.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  16. Thomas Kraft

    What happened in Tucson was senseless, and unutterably unspeakable. What I can't understand is "Why we are so focused on this particular shooting". People get shot everyday in this nation and nobody cares about those people. Do you think this is going to change the gun laws in this country. "No because congress and the President don't have the balls to do anything". Sure they will put a proposal on the table but nothing will get done. Just like nothing is helping middle class people on the Bank fore-closer, unemployment, oil spill that still needs to be clean up. Has the President done anything about this? a little PR but "No one is will to take a stand and say enough". The bill that the President just signed and passed to give homeowner a $1000.00 that's a joke. Why not give 10,000,00. that would be better don't you think? You the media should be helping the people that need the help the most but all you talk about is this shooting. Yes I'm upset that this happen but we should have done something with the gun laws a long time ago. Nobody is willing to do anything about it except give a moment of silence and than its back to work as usual. Congress is a joke!!! and so is this President. Not one of them will help the middle class or lower income families/people except put money in their own pockets and the rich. When election come around again. I'm not voting because President Obama lied about change. So I'm sorry this happened to all of those evolved in the shooting but nothing is this country is ever going to change. This is why you have so many Americans upset nothing changes for middle class and lower income families we still have to pay for everything and receive very little help from the government or President.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  17. Erica

    I find it very disturbing that CNN does not show remorse or mention the other victims in this tragic event that were not not a part of politics or had some type of title! They are just as important, if not more and I find it very disapointing to see this.

    January 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm |