Fast-Acting Citizens Kept Shooting From Being Worse A court appearance is scheduled Monday for the man accused of carrying out Saturday's mass shooting as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords met with constituents in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded, including Giffords who was shot in the head.
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Fast-Acting Citizens Kept Shooting From Being Worse

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Fast-Acting Citizens Kept Shooting From Being Worse

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A court appearance is scheduled Monday for the man accused of carrying out Saturday's mass shooting as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords met with constituents in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded, including Giffords who was shot in the head.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

We begin our coverage with NPR's Martin Kaste.

MARTIN KASTE: The Pima County Sheriff's office says Jared Loughner arrived at the Tucson Safeway by cab. For a time, investigators suspected the driver of being an accomplice - an idea they later dropped. Thirteen minutes after Loughner's arrival, at 10:12 a.m., the first 911 calls came in.

(SOUNDBITE OF 911 CALL)

U: Hello, 911, there was a shooting at Safeway, where Gabrielle Giffords was.

KASTE: It didn't take long before the system was flooded with calls from around the shopping complex.

U: Who? Okay, and there's other people that are injured?

U: Many people. There's multiple people shot.

U: Okay. Oh, my God.

KASTE: FBI director Robert Mueller.

KASTE: I believe we have an indication that he attended a similar event.

KASTE: Director Mueller wouldn't speculate about motivations, but he did point a finger at what he called inciteful speech on the internet.

KASTE: And that absolutely presents a challenge for us, particularly when it results in what would be lone wolves or lone offenders undertaking attacks.

KASTE: And yet, it could have been even worse. The shooting stopped when it did, say authorities, because of the intervention of a handful of citizens. Patricia Maisch is one of them. Sitting outside her home on Sunday evening, a desert sunset to her left, she recalled those long moments on Saturday morning when the gunman drew near.

KASTE: I was laying on the ground, and I was wondering how it was going to feel to be shot.

KASTE: But then, she says, the gunman was suddenly on the ground next to her, tackled by two men.

KASTE: And somebody yelled, get the gun. So I immediately knelt up over him, 'cause he was right there on - almost on top of me, so he was reaching in his pocket and - with his left hand - and he pulled out a magazine, or a clip, and so I was able to grab the magazine and get a hold of it so that he couldn't.

KASTE: Martin Kaste, NPR News, Tucson.

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