Supermarket where Giffords shot opens 1 week laterTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — When firefighter paramedic Tony Compagno pulled up to the scene of the Arizona shooting a week ago, he jumped out of his fire engine and began triage on the victims that lay on the walkway outside the grocery store.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — When firefighter paramedic Tony Compagno pulled up to the scene of the Arizona shooting a week ago, he jumped out of his fire engine and began triage on the victims that lay on the walkway outside the grocery store.
At least four people were already dead.
Compagno, a 13-year veteran paramedic, said Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the youngest victim of the mass shooting, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, needed the most immediate attention. He and other first responders talked to reporters Saturday about what they saw and did.
"It was a lot of chaos and a lot of blood," said Kyle Canty, 39, who responded along with Compagno. "It's like snapshots in my head. I know it was crazy because people were coming up to us and trying to lead us to people."
Meanwhile, the Safeway where the rampage took place Jan. 8 reopened, though the mood was somber among shoppers and mourners came by to simply pay their respects. Authorities said Jared Loughner, 22 targeted Giffords at her "Congress on Your Corner" event at the supermarket. He took a cab to the grocery store and went inside to get change for the fare before the rampage.
"Our employees have been through so much but they are here, they're working and kind of anxious to reconnect with their customers and the community. We're doing OK," store spokeswoman Cathy Kloos said.
Elsewhere in town, a gun show was being held, despite the tragedy that left six dead and the congresswoman critically injured.
As the city of Tucson continued tried to heal, a video shot by the suspected gunman showed the former community college student touring campus at night and at times rambling about free speech and the Constitution.
Jared Loughner shot and narrated the video tour of the Pima Community College campus that illustrated his deep anger toward it, at one point saying "I'm gonna be homeless because of this school."
College officials confirmed that the video, discovered on YouTube, was the last straw in their decision to suspend Loughner from school Sept. 29. In the video, he calls Pima "a genocide school." Panning an empty concourse, he says: "We're examing the torture of students."
The Los Angeles Times received a copy of the video under an open records request.
On Friday, Judge John Roll, the federal jurist slain in the shooting, was remembered for presiding over tough immigration cases as well as a man devoted to family who enjoyed walking his beloved basset hounds.
He had stopped by a supermarket meet-and-greet for Giffords and was killed. The congresswoman, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, was still in critical condition, but progressing.
Roll's funeral at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic church came a day after Christina was eulogized there.
Meanwhile, authorities also revealed details about the suspect's final hours. Loughner, 22, posed for photos with a gun, dressed only in a bright red G-string, and had the film developed on the eve of the rampage, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so.
The detailed timeline of Loughner's busy 11 hours before the shooting also had Loughner checking into a motel, posting "Goodbye friends" on the Internet and buying bullets from a Walmart.
As those details came to light, at least a half-dozen lawmakers around the country met with constituents at gatherings similar to the "Congress on Your Corner" meeting where Giffords was shot. The events, they said, sent a message that violence would not keep them from meeting face-to-face with constituents at supermarkets, hardware stores or anywhere else.
The events, however, were held amid tight security, as was Roll's funeral. There, police officers and SWAT team members patrolled.