I watched the medical team press conference at noon. I have to say, I remain so impressed with the professionalism and determination of the medical trauma teams at the University Medical Center in Tucson, and elsewhere. It is comforting to know that even in a mid-sized city such as Tucson, such trauma teams are available. Of course, the reason such teams exist and are so competent at dealing with gunshot wounds is the legacy of gang and other violence in cities.
Robert Muller, FBI Director, also just held a press conference, ending at about 1:20 p.m. Here are some highlights, in the order they appeared in the conference (my paraphrase, not quotes)
Formal charges expected this afternoon against Jared Loughner. Still trying to determine if anyone else involved, still investigating. No information at this time to suggest any specific threat remains.
As to motive, too early to speculate. Filing in federal court this afternoon may elaborate. Weapon purchased in November 2010. Photo of individual released appeared to be entering the Safeway with Loughner, but no belief that the person was a participant. Suspicious package found did not contain any explosives, but not sure why it was left near Giffords’ office.
Has seen allusion to American Rennaisance group in the media, but still investigating. Premature to say motivations of individual or to draw inferences from generalized hate speech on internet, particularly for lone wolves or lone offenders.
Appears Giffords was the target. Possible future charges under domestic terrorism statute.