UPDATE, 4 p.m. AP has identified the gunman as Jared Laughner. Someone by that name, identifiying themselves as a resident of Tucson’s Eighth Congressional District, posted this earlier. If this is indeed the shooter, his mental stability may be in question.
Further evidence of a troubled man here. The material is so deranged that it seems impossible to assign political motive of any sort.
U.S. District Court Judge John Roll was among those seriously wounded today in a shooting spree at a Tucson supermarket. Shortly after 4 pm., the Associated Press, quoting a federal source, reports that Roll has died. “U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales confirmed to the Associated Press that U.S. District Judge John Roll died in the attack Saturday,” AP says.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat beginning her third term, was also shot in the head. She too had initially been reported dead.
UPDATE: As of 4:03, a physician at the hospital reported that he is “very optimistic” that GIffords can recover.
Six fatalities are reported, including Giffords’ district supervisor, with 12 total wounded.
The gunman is in custody, reportedly unharmed.
Other victims reportedly include a nine-year-old child.
– Jay Bookman