Video: Video provides new clues in Tucson shootings

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    >> in the shooting spree in tucson is expected to be released from the hospital today. this as we learn more about what surveillance cameras captured during the tragedy. miguel almaguer is in tucson with the details on that. good morning to you.

    >> reporter: matt, good morning. investigators found a key piece of evidence here -- surveillance tape which has not been released to the public and nbc news has not seen it, but sources who have tell the washington post it outlines a very gruesome day. 9:54 a.m ., the post sources say jared lee loughner enters safeway. surveillance video reportedly shows the 22-year-old headed to the restroom. here, investigators believe he puts on ear plugs. nearly 15 minutes later, loughner exits the store. the video is said to show loughner walking quickly out of safeway. he circles a table, heads toward congresswoman gabrielle giffords . from two feet away the suspect fires a single round. giffords falls to the ground. the congresswoman hit in the face above her left eye.

    >> the source we talked to in la law enforcement say this is a gruesome video. it's very clear that it is a suspect resembling mr. loughner. they are holding it for trial and evidence and they say it is something you don't want to see.

    >> reporter: sources say loughner next fires on the crowd. the gunman turns to his right, shoots john barber , judge roll pushes barber to the ground and crawls on top of them. the two take cover under a table. then the gunman shoots rolle in the back. barber, who works for giffords survived. roll, a federal judge was dead at the scene. vicky stubs and nancy bowman tried to give roll cpr.

    >> i looked at judge roll and said, i'm so, so, so sorry.

    >> it was a massacre.

    >> reporter: meanwhile, most of the injured are now out of the hospital including suzy heilman, the neighbor who took the youngest victim 9-year-old christina taylor-green to meet giffords. her husband said she's been riddled with guilt but christina's father said his daughter's death is not her fault.

    >> they were doing something that my daughter would have loved to have done.

    >> reporter: later today , 76-year-old george morris is expected to go home. dorothy, his wife of 50 yearses, died by his side. giffords remains hospitalized in serious condition, a week and a half after the shooting.

    >> i have spoken to gabby maybe an hour before that.

    >> reporter: mark kelly is giffords' husband.

    >> it's just not right. but, you know, she's injured. she lived. she survived. she's going to recover. there are six folks that don't get that opportunity.

    >> reporter: sources now say they believe 32 bullets were fired here at the crime scene . earlier that number was thought to be 31, but a woman standing near the gunman said a few days after the shooting she found a spent shell casing in her purse. matt?

    >> miguel almaguer in tucson . thank you as always.

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First lady Michelle Obama and astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, listen to President Barack Obama speak during a memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shootings.
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updated 1/19/2011 9:11:45 AM ET 2011-01-19T14:11:45

For about 20 minutes, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband broke down in a plane's bathroom after believing incorrect media reports that his wife had been fatally shot at a political event outside a supermarket.

Astronaut Mark Kelly said he had rushed aboard a friend's plane to fly to Arizona after hearing of the shooting in Tucson, and that he saw the television report while traveling.

"I just, you know, walked into the bathroom and you know, broke down," Kelly told ABC television's Diane Sawyer in an interview that aired Tuesday. "To hear that she died is just — it's devastating for me."

The astronaut said he learned that she was alive when he called Giffords' mother, who was outside the operating room at the hospital where the congresswoman was being treated. He has said that he called an ABC affiliate in Houston to correct reports of his wife's death.

Giffords isn't aware that six people died in the shooting, including Gabe Zimmerman, one of her staff members, Kelly said.

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Authorities say she was targeted by a 22-year-old constituent who had met her at a similar event in 2007.

The three-term Democrat was among 13 people who were also wounded in the massacre Jan. 8 outside a Safeway supermarket. She remained in serious condition after a bullet traveled the length of her brain.

Plays with his wedding ring
Kelly told Sawyer that he was sure Giffords recognizes him at her hospital bed, since she has continued with a habit of playing with his wedding ring — moving it up and down his finger and sometimes putting it on her thumb.

"She's done that before," he said. "She'll do that if we're sitting in a restaurant. She'll do the same exact movements."

Meanwhile, Giffords' staffers have kept her office running as their boss recovers. "That's what Gabby would have wanted us to do," spokesman Mark Kimble said.

The office is accustomed to dealing with turmoil; the location was vandalized in March hours after a House vote to overhaul the nation's health care system.

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Someone either kicked in or shot out a glass door and a side window, and Giffords' press secretary C.J. Karamargin said at the time staffers were shaken and worried.

Her staff said they know how much Giffords would want to be on the floor of Congress on Tuesday as lawmakers considered repealing the health care law that she passionately supported last year.

"She never wants to miss a day, she never wants to miss a vote," Kimble said. "We all know that she really loves being there, but that's out of our hands now."

Return to Congress?
But her husband said he probably wouldn't want Giffords to return to Congress.

"But I know that's probably not going to matter to her. I think she's such a devoted public servant that she's going to come out of this and be more resolved to fix things," he said.

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The attempted assassination of Giffords has attributed to a softer tone in Congress and a call for more civilized political rhetoric that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik blamed for the attack.

Investigators have since said that the shooting suspect Jared Loughner is mentally unstable and was not apparently motivated by a partisan politics.

He remained in a federal jail in Phoenix as investigators try to figure out what prompted him to open fire at the event, where Giffords was meeting with constituents.

Kelly said he also didn't believe the level of political debate was the reason behind Loughner's alleged attack.

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But he said he had spoken with Giffords many times about the risks of her job.

"She says, you know, 'Someday I'm really worried that somebody's going to come up to me at one of these events with a gun,'" he said.

Kelly spoke after details of what was captured on surveillance videos were revealed in a Washington Post report Tuesday.

Loughner is clearly seen shooting Giffords in the face from less than three feet away, then shooting and fatally wounding U.S. District Judge John Roll in the chest, the Post said.

Judge tried to aid wounded man
The video, reviewed by two unnamed Post sources, also shows Roll apparently trying to offer assistance to Ron Barber, who was wounded, by trying to push him to the ground and get on top of him.

Law enforcement has obtained about two dozen surveillance videos from the scene of the shooting spree, the Post reported.

The videos are expected to be used as evidence in court against Loughner, who is facing murder and attempted assassination charges.

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Susan Hileman, who took her 9-year-old neighbor Christina-Taylor Green to the political gathering where Green was fatally shot, was released from the hospital after recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, NBC News reported Tuesday.

George Morris, a retired airline pilot who lost his wife of more than 50 years in the attack, was expected to be released Wednesday.

Meanwhile Dupnik has been getting so much hate mail that his office's computer system nearly crashed, according to The Associated Press. Workers shut down the e-mail system temporarily, though it was now back up.

Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jason Ogan could not confirm the outage or the volume of hate e-mails to msnbc.com on Tuesday.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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  1. A hearse carrying the remains of U.S. District Judge John Roll arrives at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church before his funeral on in Tucson, Ariz., Friday, Jan. 14. Roll was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting that left six dead and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Morry Gash / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Mary Kool holds a single red rose outside the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church where the funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll was to take place. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Mourners arrive at the funeral service of Judge Roll. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A flag recovered from ground zero is raised during funeral service for 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Tucson, on Thursday, Jan. 13. Green was the youngest victim of the shooting rampage. Green was born on Sept. 11, 2001. (Mamta Popat / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Left to right, Roxanna and John Green, mother and father of Christina Taylor Green, and their son Dallas Green, arrive at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for her funeral in Tucson on Thursday. (Mamta Popat / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 2,000 mourners were in attendance at the funeral of Christina Taylor Green on Thursday in Tucson. (Mamta Popat  / Pool via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. People dressed as angels line the street leading to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church where the funeral for Christina Taylor Green was to take place in Tucson on Thursday. Hundreds, dressed in white, lined the streets for more than a quarter mile of the funeral procession. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. John Green kisses his son Dallas on the head as the family follows the casket of Christina Taylor Green at her funeral mass in Tucson, on Thursday. At left is Christina's mother Roxanna and at right is Camden Grant, Christina's godmother's son. (Rick Wilking / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A young mourner carries flowers and a teddy bear to the funeral of Christina Taylor Green in Tucson on Thursday. (Mamta Popat / Pool via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Cindy and John McCain listen during the funeral service for shooting victim Christina Taylor Green in Tucson on Thursday. (Greg Bryan / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A woman holds the service program from the funeral for 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Tucson on Thursday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Arizona's McKale Memorial Center during the memorial service for victims of the shootings in Tucson. Obama told the crowd on Wednesday, Jan. 12, that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since being shot in the head during the attack on Jan. 8. Six people were killed and 13 wounded by the lone gunman. (Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Daniel Hernandez , the 20-year-old intern credited with likely saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, hugs her husband, NASA shuttle commander Mark Kelly, as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama applauds. (Jim Young / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. First lady Michelle Obama holds the hand of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's husband, NASA shuttle commander Mark Kelly, as they listen to President Barack Obama speak. (Jim Young / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. People sing the national anthem during the memorial service on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. (Chris Carlson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the start of the memorial event. (Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. People line up at the University of Arizona campus for the memorial service. (David Becker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Barb Tuttle is overcome with emotion at a makeshift memorial outside the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Jan. 12 in Tucson. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Women waiting in line for the memorial service look at the campus paper at the University of Arizona. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, holds his wife's hand in the congresswoman's hospital room at University Medical Center on Jan. 9. (Offiice Of Gabrielle Giffords / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Ron Barber, 65, district director for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is visited by Giffords aide Daniel Hernandez in his hospital room on Jan. 9. Hernandez rushed to Gifford's aid after she was shot. Hernandez said that while he held the wounded Giffords, he asked another bystander to put pressure on Barber's wounds. He also asked Barber for his wife's phone number and then shouted it out to someone so that Barber's wife, Nancy, could be informed of the shooting. (Gabrielle Giffords' Office / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence with White House staff members on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Jan. 10. (Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Congressional staff observe a moment of silence to honor victims of the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on the steps of the Capitol in Washington. (Michael Reynolds / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Rachel Cooper-Blackmore, 9, adds a note to a memorial at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, on Jan. 10. Christina Taylor Green, 9, was killed during the Tucson attack. (Chris Carlson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Rachel Crabb, 5, holds hands with teachers, parents and other students during a moment of silence for her slain schoolmate, Christina Taylor Green, at Mesa Verde Elementary School on Jan. 9. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Candles are lit on Sunday at a makeshift memorial outside University Medical Center in Tuscon, Ariz., for those killed or wounded during the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords . (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Ellie Steve, 6, from left, Lucia Reeves, 6, and Zoe Reeves, 18, gather for a candlelight vigil outside the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday. (Chris Carlson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Six balloons representing the six people killed in Saturday's shooting spree, as part of a prayer vigil.Rep. Gabrielle Giffords battled for her life on Sunday after an assailant shot her in the head and killed six others in a rampage that has launched a debate about extreme political rhetoric in America. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. People console each other at a makeshift memorial located outside the University Medical Center on Jan. 9 in Tucson, Ariz. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. The American flag flies at half-staff on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 9. In a brief statement Sunday morning, House Speaker John Boehner said flags on the House side of the Capitol in Washington will be flown at half-staff to honor the slain aide, Gabe Zimmerman, of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Thirty-year-old Zimmerman was among six killed Saturday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. The congregation prays for the victims of Saturday's shooting in Tuscon, at the Pantano Christian Church in East Tucson, Jan. 9. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Monty Edmonds, 36, left, of Tucson; Maggie Kipling, 34, of Tucson; Leigh Harris, 50, of Phoenix; Bella Furr, 21, of Tucson; and Sarah Herrmann, 22, of Tucson participate in a vigil at University Medical Center for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store Jan. 8, in Tucson, Ariz. (Laura Segall / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Emergency personnel use a stretcher to move Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson on Saturday. (James Palka / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Ernie Freuler fights back tears as Ray Lilley takes photos of the scene outside the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head by a gunman who opened fire outside a grocery store, Saturday, Jan. 8, in Tucson, Ariz. (Chris Morrison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. A law enforcement officer stands outside the home of Jared L. Loughner, identified by federal officials as the suspect arrested in connection with the shooting of U.S Representative Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 8. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. People gather for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting in Arizona at the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Saturday Jan. 8. (Jose Luis Magana / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Vera Rapcsak and others hold signs outside the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday after she was shot while meeting constituents. (Chris Morrison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Emergency personnel attend to a shooting victim outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot as the congresswoman was meeting with constituents. Rep. Giffords, 40, a Democrat, took office in January 2007, emphasizing issues such as immigration reform, embryonic stem-cell research, alternative energy sources and a higher minimum wage. The gunman shot Giffords in the head, seriously wounding her, and killed six other people in a shooting rampage at a public meeting in Tucson on Saturday. Giffords was airlifted to a hospital in Tucson where she underwent surgery. One of the doctors who treated her said he was optimistic about her recovery. (James Palka / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. A woman places flowers by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday after she was shot in Tucson by a gunman who opened fire, killing six people, including a U.S. district judge, John M. Roll. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. In this photo provided by The White House, President Barack Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer about the shooting. (Pete Souza / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Emergency personnel at the scene where Giffords and others were shot outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson on Saturday. (Matt York / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Law enforcement personnel work the crime scene on Saturday. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. A medical helicopter evacuates victims from the shooting scene. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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