Earlier today an unknown assailant opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) during a meet and greet type event in a Tuscon area Safeway parking lot. Almost immediately the media questioned who was the assailant behind the event. Well now we might now — reports have surfaced that the assailant has been identified as Jared Loughner, though not much more is known.
In an interview earlier with Shepard Smith, Arizona State Representative Linda Lopez identified the assailant as a veteran of the Afghanistan War, though that is not yet confirmed. Also, the assailant had also been identified as a 22 year-old white male, though no further information has thus been released.
AP has confirmed the identity of the assailant as Jared Laughner who local authorities report is in custody.
Watch Shep Smith report the name courtesy of Fox News:
Update #1: A YouTube video that many believe to be the work of the alleged assailant reveal some possible clues in the troubled mind of Mr. Loughner and can be watched below:
Update #2: An individual named Catie Parker claims to know Mr. Loughner from High School and offered the following unconfirmed insight (via Anthony DeRosa)
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