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Posted at 5:05 PM ET, 01/ 9/2011

911 calls: 'I do believe Gabby Giffords was hit' (audio)

By Associated Press

A 911 caller witnessing the mass shooting outside a grocery store in Tucson describes a frantic scene and says, "I do believe Gabby Giffords was hit."

In a tape of the call released Sunday by the Pima County Sheriff's Office, a person putting up a display for a pill bottling company was among the first to report the crime.

The caller says: "It's Giffords! There was a shooting at Safeway at Ina & Oracle where Gabrielle Giffords was. I do believe Gabby Giffords was hit. A guy had a semiautomatic pistol. He went in and just started firing and he ran."

The caller described the shooter as wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and a black sweater.

The call was one of nearly 20 to dispatchers.

Another caller describes ducking down in Walgreens after hearing gunfire and witnessing the shooter get subdued.

"I see the man that was caught shooting was held down by some other ... people. They took away his gun and they're holding him down so he can't do anything else."

One panicked caller from a Walgreens in the shopping center asks a dispatcher to hurry and send more than one ambulance.

"We need more than one ambulance there's more than one victim down. A guy came to the Safeway and started shooting. We have about a total of 10 people, maybe more."

By Associated Press  | January 9, 2011; 5:05 PM ET
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Tell me that the statements of Republicans didn't create an atmosphere for the unhinged to do their bidding.

Ms. Giffords was also among a group of Democratic House candidates featured on the Web site of Sarah Palin’s political action committee with cross hairs over their districts, a fact that disturbed Ms. Giffords at the time.

“We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list,” Ms. Giffords said last March. “But the thing is the way that she has it depicted has the cross hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize there’s consequences to that.”


"After that, during her re-election campaign, protesters gathered on most Saturdays on the same corner shouting and holding signs that said things like “Gabby, You’re Gone.”

“On a typical Saturday this corner is filled with Tea Party protesters,” said Brenda Tyler, who was with her husband, Lyndon. “I’ve seen signs saying things like ‘It’s time to reload’ and ‘One way or another, you’re gone.”‘ A real estate agency in the neighborhood had a sign out front that said “Goodbye Gabby” and showed the silhouette of a witch on a broom,” she said. It had been taken down on Saturday. "

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 9, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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