TUCSON, Ariz. — Surveillance video from a Safeway store shows moments of mayhem and a judge’s heroism as a gunman shoots Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the face, then turns the gun on a crowd of people waiting to meet the congresswoman, an Arizona sheriff’s official said Wednesday.
Pima County Sheriff’s Chief Rick Kastigar said the first part of the surveillance video shows 22-year-old Jared Loughner walking around a folding table behind Giffords, going up to her and shooting her in the forehead from about two feet away.
The video shows Loughner turning toward a group of people sitting in chairs, then stepping out of view. Kastigar said that’s when Loughner indiscriminately fired at the seated group and turned toward Roll and Barber.
Kastigar said Loughner shot Barber, and almost simultaneously Roll moved Barber toward the ground and both crawled beneath the table, with Roll getting on top of Barber in an apparent effort to shield him.
The sheriff’s office turned the video over to the FBI, which has declined to release it.
The 22-year-old gunman had been bent on targeting Giffords since meeting her at a similar event in 2007, authorities said. She is in serious condition after the bullet traveled the length of her brain.