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Report: Safeway surveillance tapes clearly depict shooting scene

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By Michael Truelsen - email

Surveillance tapes from the deadly Jan. 8 shooting clearly show Rep. Gabrielle Giffords being shot from about two to three feet away, two sources who viewed the tapes told The Washington Post.

Investigators have recovered nearly two dozen tapes from the Safeway store where 19 people were shot, six fatally.

The Post reports:

In the clearest of the Safeway videos, (the shooter) is seen emerging from the south entrance, then looping around a table that was set up outside for Giffords's "Congress on Your Corner" event with constituents. He is "hurriedly walking," one source said, then approaches Giffords head-on and shoots his first bullet into her face, where it struck her just above the left eye and exited out the back of her skull.

"He walks up, goes bang. It's very clear," one source said. "He is maybe 24 to 36 inches away. You can see her go straight down."

(He) then turns to his left and begins firing on a crowd of people who were sitting in seats and standing in line for the event. They are not seen on this video, but the camera captures muzzle flashes from the gunfire, the source said.

The video then shows (him) turning back to his right, where 65-year-old Ron Barber, Giffords's district director, and Roll are standing. He is seen shooting Barber, who reaches for his left shoulder, the sources said.

At that point, Roll and Barber "start to scamper under the table," one source said, adding, "At that point, you can see the suspect shoot Roll. Roll gets shot in the back, then he sort of appears halfway on the other side of the table. He starts to look over his right shoulder, and then he lays back down. It took out his aorta, is what the autopsy showed."


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