Highlights from the Safeway shootings in Arizona


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Here’s a look at the January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed and 13 were injured including MP Gabrielle Giffords. Shooter Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty in 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Christina Taylor Verte, 9
Born September 11, 2001

Dorothy “Dot” Morris, 76 years old

Judge John Roll, 63
Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Phyllis Scheck, 79
Retired and former librarian

Dorwin Stoddard, 76
Retired construction worker

Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman, 30 years old
Director of Community Outreach for Rep. Giffords


Bill Badger, 74

Ronald Barber, 65
Giffords District Manager returned to work on July 5, 2011. On June 12, 2012, Barber won 52 percent of the vote against 45 percent of Republican opponent Jesse Kelly in a special election in Arizona to serve the rest of the Giffords tenure in Congress.

Kenneth Dorushka, 63

James Fuller, 63

Randy Gardner, 60

Gabrielle Giffords, 40

Susan Hileman, 58

George Morris, 76

Mary Reed, 52

Pamela Simon, 63 years old
Community outreach coordinator in the Giffords office, returned to work on February 23, 2011.

Mavanell Stoddard, 75

James Tucker, 58

Kenneth Veeder, 75


2007 – Loughner is arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, but the charges are dismissed.

2007 – Loughner meets Giffords at a community event. He develops a fixation on the congressman after he is not satisfied with her answer to her question.

2008 – Loughner tries to enlist in the military but is rejected after failing a drug test.

October 2010 – Loughner is suspended from Pima Community College after displaying erratic behavior. He is told that he cannot return to campus unless he presents a doctor’s note stating that he does not represent a danger to himself or to others. He voluntarily withdraws from school.

November 30, 2010 – Loughner buys a 9mm pistol from a Tucson area gun store.

January 8, 2011 – About two and a half hours before the shooting, Loughner was stopped by an officer from the Arizona Department of Fish and Game for running a red light. He is fired with a verbal warning.

January 8, 2011 – About 30 minutes before the shooting, Loughner takes a cab from a convenience store to the Safeway grocery store where the Giffords event is being held.

January 8, 2011 – (10:10 am) – Loughner opens fire on a crowd of people at the Giffords event. Six people are killed and 13 injured. As Loughner tries to reload his pistol, he is tackled and disarmed by several passers-by.

January 9, 2011 – Loughner is formally charged with five counts in federal court: the attempted assassination of a congressman; the murders of Gabe Zimmerman and Judge John Roll; and the attempted murders of Pamela Simon and Ron Barber.

January 12, 2011 – United States District Court Judge Larry Burns of the Southern District of California is appointed to hear the Loughner case after all Arizona judges and federal magistrates were challenged.

January 12, 2011 – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle obama meet the injured and the families of the victims at the University Medical Center.

January 19, 2011 – Loughner is indicted by a federal grand jury in Arizona.

January 24, 2011 – Loughner pleads not guilty to all the charges against him.

February 11, 2011 – Prosecutors are filing a procedural motion to dismiss two murder charges against Loughner, although they intend to re-file the charges under a substitute indictment.

March 4, 2012 – Federal prosecutors file 49 additional federal charges against Loughner.

March 9, 2011 – Burns pleads “not guilty” on Loughner’s behalf on 49 counts, including murder and attempted murder.

March 22, 2011 – Burns orders Loughner to undergo a mental assessment in Springfield, Missouri, no later than April 29.

May 25, 2011 – Burns says Loughner is not competent to stand trial.

May 27, 2011 – Loughner arrives at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

June 29, 2011 – Burns sides with the prison doctors and rejects a request from defense attorneys to stop Loughner’s forced medication.

July 7, 2011 – Before a federal appeal committee, the defense argues that forcing Loughner to take psychotropic drugs violates his rights.

July 12, 2011 – The federal court rules that Loughner was not convicted of a felony, so he has the right to refuse to take antipsychotic drugs.

July 22, 2011 – A federal appeal committee overturns the July 12 decision and orders authorities to force Loughner to take antipsychotic drugs. Prosecutors have argued that his mental condition is deteriorating and that he is suicidal.

Aug 31, 2011 – A San Francisco appeals court hears arguments from Loughner’s lawyers in an attempt to end the forced medication. They argue that defendants have a constitutional right to refuse mental treatment when the government’s primary objective is to make suspects competent enough to be convicted and possibly sentenced to death.

September 28, 2011 – Burns is extending Loughner’s treatment at a Missouri medical treatment center for an additional four months, during which time Loughner’s skills will be reassessed.

January 8, 2012 – Giffords attends a vigil in Tucson marking the first anniversary of the shooting. She leads the crowd of thousands in the pledge of allegiance and later lights a memorial candle for the six people killed.

Aug 7, 2012 – Burns determines Loughner is qualified to stand trial in federal court in Tucson. Loughner pleads guilty to 19 counts in return for the government not seeking the death penalty.

November 8, 2012 – Burns orders Loughner to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence consists of seven consecutive life sentences plus 140 years.

January 8, 2021 – A ceremony is organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the shooting. “The Embrace,” a memorial located on the west side of the Pima County Courthouse, is dedicated to the victims and survivors.

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