Updated: List of injured victims in Arizona shooting released by Pima County sheriff
Update: 2:23 p.m.
After last week's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), tons of newsprint have gone to the six fallen victims and to Giffords's battle to survive a gunshot wound to the head. Twelve others also were wounded. Who were these victims and how are they faring almost a week after that fateful Saturday at the Safeway? We'll update their conditions as news comes out. The Pima County Sheriff's Department released a list of the following victims:
(Caveat: A fourteenth victim was injured at the scene, but not from gunfire. The police have only released the names of those injured by gunfire.)
Pamela Simon, 63
Simon, Giffords's community outreach coordinator, still sees the carnage whenever she closes her eyes, she told USA Today. A former English teacher at the same school Loughner attended, she told the Wall Street Journal she never knew the shooter. But she knew students like him: angry and isolated people who needed help. She says her goal is to help those students after she recovers.
She was shot twice, but is expected to make a full recovery and was released from the hospital Thursday. Her son, Fritz, read a brief statement from his injured mother: "The wounds inflicted are healing, thanks to the amazing care of the doctors and staff here at University Medical Center," he said. "The deeper wounds of needless loss of life, severe injury of co-workers and community members, and the sadness over this act of violence will take much longer to heal. I am touched and encouraged by the tremendous caring and coming together of the community."
Her son spoke to ABC News:
Mavanell Stoddard, 75
Shot in the leg three times, Stoddard may have suffered a worse fate if it had not been for her husband, Dorwin. He dove to the ground and covered her from the fire, dying in her arms 10 minutes later. They had been grade school sweethearts in Tucson, only to move away and reconnect years later after their respective spouses had died. Stoddard has three daughters from her first marriage and two stepsons from her marriage with Dorwin.
Randy Gardner, 60
When the shooting started, Gardner took refugee behind a car, but he was shot in the right foot. This is the second major shooting Gardner has survived, the New York Times reports. In 1970, he fled from bullets at Kent State University when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War.
James Eric Fuller, 63
Fuller left a tennis game to catch the Congress on Your Corner, but wound up in what he called "a bad crime drama." Shot in the knee and in the back, Fuller said he was certain the shooter would reload and execute him, but when the violence stopped, he picked himself up and drove himself to the nearest hospital, Arizona Central reports. Fuller, a signature collector for political initiatives and a U.S. veteran, said he likes Giffords because she "is pro-labor and a fiscal conservative." He told the CBS Early Morning Show that he was "outraged that someone like Gabrielle Giffords could be attacked."
Bill Badger, 74
A former military pilot with the Army National Guard, Badger thought fireworks had been set off at the Congress on Your Corner event to harass Giffords. Before he could see what was going on, three people had been shot. He jumped to avoid being shot, but a bullet glanced off his skull. Despite the injury, Badger rushed forward when the shooting stopped and helped two other people force Loughner down until police arrived. He told USA Today he had no idea how badly he had been hurt until after the shooter was handcuffed.
Ronald Barber, 65
Barber, Giffords's district director, encouraged a woman to come back to the political event on Saturday after she finished her shopping, but before Anna Ballis could walk away, gunshots ran out. Barber was hit in the leg and the cheek and Ballis ran to his side, applying pressure to the leg wound to stem the bleeding. After two surgeries, Barber will likely move out of the intensive care unit at the University Medical Center. He reunited with Ballis on Thursday for a walk around the hospital.
Barber's daughter, Jenny Douglas, told the Arizona Star that he was deeply saddened by the death of fellow staffer Gabe Zimmerman and his friend Judge John Roll.
Susan Hileman, 58
Holding hands with her neighbor's 9-year-old daughter, Hileman was struck by three bullets last Saturday as she waited in line to meet Giffords. Christina Taylor Green died. Hileman is still hospitalized, but may be out as early as next week. She will likely face months of recovery, in part because her hip was shattered by the gunshot.
Her husband Bill told NPR, "I hear her in her semiconscious ramblings screaming out 'Christina, Christina let's get out of here; let's get out of here!' She keeps talking about the holding of hands and then the realization that she was on the ground and the bleeding was profuse."
Mary Reed, 52 Emma McMahon was a congressional page for Rep. Giffords over the summer but never had a chance to take a photo with the congresswoman she admired. Her mother, Mary Reed, took Emma to the meet-and-greet for a quick photo to commemorate her work. When the shooting started, Mary didn't know what the sound was but instinctively shielded her daughter with her own body. She was shot three times but never stopped protecting her daughter. She considers herself lucky that her wounds didn't hit major organs, bones or veins and that her family is safe.
Kenneth Dorushka, 63
New Jersey natives Kenneth and Carol Dorushka retired to Tucson eight years ago. On the morning of the event, they heard about the meet-and-greet on the radio and decided to meet the congresswoman. When the shooting began, Kenneth Dorushka's instinct was to get his wife out of the way, pushing her to the ground. When she tried to get up and run, he held her down and shielded her with his arm, which was then struck by a bullet. He was treated and released on the day of the shooting.
Kenneth Veeder, 75
Veeder is a retired Vietnam veteran from the Army's Airborne Infantry. His leg was grazed by a bullet at the Giffords event. He was released from the hospital the same day, KVOA reports.
The other victim has been identified as James Tucker, 58. We will update with any additional information soon.
Melissa Bell and James Buck
| January 14, 2011; 11:12 AM ET
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