Thursday, January 13, 2011

Updates: On-Site Investigation Concluded; Bag Found; More Heroism; Audio Released

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Some updates this afternoon:

— The Pima County Sheriff's Department says the FBI has concluded its investigation at the shopping center at Ina and Oracle roads.

— Per the county:

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has responded to a report of a black bag located in the vicinity of the suspect’s house. The black bag was located by an individual who was out walking his dog.

The Star is reporting that the bag contained ammunition and has been linked to Loughner.

— More on heroes from the county:

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, Jared Loughner opened fire at a “Congress on Your Corner” event held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner had already fired 31 rounds from a Glock 19 with an extended magazine, hitting 19 people. Even though the first magazine was empty, Loughner had no intention of ceasing this vicious attack.

During a lull of gunfire, Bill Badger and Roger Salzgeber took the opportunity to tackle Loughner, who was still trying to reload his weapon. Badger, who had been grazed by a bullet and was bleeding from the head, and Salzgeber held strong while Loughner struggled to get free.

Patricia Maisch was on the ground when Badger and Salzgeber took Loughner down. Maisch, who saw that Loughner was still trying to reload, grabbed the magazine and held tight, preventing Loughner from successfully reloading. Maisch was not yet done helping! She held fast to Loughner’s feet to prevent him from kicking and trying to get free.

Joseph Zamudio had just finished shopping at Walgreens when he noticed the commotion at Safeway. Zamudio made a quick decision and ran towards the danger! Zamudio took over restraining Loughner’s legs so Maisch could tend to Badger’s wounds.

These brave citizens, total strangers, worked together to restrain Loughner until deputies arrived. Without their help, Loughner would have continued his rampage and injured other innocent people.

In addition, there were many other citizens who provided assistance to the injured and we commend their actions. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department recognizes their courage in the face of danger and their selflessness in helping others.

— Also from the county:

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is providing the media with the first several minutes of radio transmissions from the deputies responding to the scene of the shooting.

That file is here. Warning: Powerful at times.

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