A man shot during the Tucson Safeway shootings has been arrested by Phoenix Kops for defending himself against Tea Party zealots! The victim in the mass shooting north of Tucson attending a special town hall today was arrested after he responded to an outrageous Tea Party zealot who spoke out supporting the shooter in support of gun ownership.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department said they arrested Loughner's VICTIM, Eric Fuller, 63, who was wounded in the knee a week ago by Loughner in the shooting rampage that killed six and wounded 13. The victim, Fuller, is being held tonight for alleged threats of intimidation and disorderly conduct. The Kops said Fuller will undergo a mental-health evaluation. The incident took place near the end of a taping of ABC's weekly "Town Hall" with news anchor Christiane Amanpour.
The program, which airs Sunday and is called "Tragedy in Tucson: An American Conversation Continued," reunited many victims, initial responders to the shooting scene and witnesses. Open to the public, the forum at a Catholic church was designed to promote conversation and healing a week after the grocery-store shooting.
Most of the taping was calm and at times emotional as witnesses recounted the events in which a gunman opened fire at a local Safeway, killing six and wounding 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Toward the end of the taping, Amanpour brought up the issues of GUN safety and mental health. As a Tea Party Zealot, Trent Humphries, stood up and brazenly expressed his support for gun ownership -- even though he was surrounded by those assaulted by the insane shooter sporting a 9MM glock which murdered 9 year old Christina Green and others, Eric Fuller, still hurt and outraged by the insane shooting, seated near the front in an area reserved for victims and special guests, understandably appeared increasingly frustrated and agitated.
Victim Eric Fuller then swiveled in his chair, raised his camera and took a photo of the pro-gun speaker, appalled, metaphorically said, "You're dead," according to Tea Party zealot Joel Tranter, who was sitting behind him.
The Teaparty Zealot screamed, "I told him, 'You need to be respectful. You need to calm down,'" and Fuller responded "What'd you do, vote for this guy?'" (Teapartier Humphries ran against Gabby in the last election and lost; Humphries also led many of the Hate filled rallies in front of Gabby's office!)
As police officers approached to escort Fuller outside, Fuller, understandably upset by the Tea Party zealots who were supporting the heinous shooter turned and said to those in the audience supporting the zealots: "You whores!"
The rest of the taping continued without incident and wrapped up about five minutes later.
Outside, Victim Fuller was arrested by the Tea Party supporting Kops for making threats, said Capt. Byron Gwaltney of the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The heinous Kops said: "He (victim Fuller) is currently in our custody and we're in the process of dealing with that investigation to see what charges will be made," Gwaltney said.
Understandably, Eric Fuller's actions could be a response to the outrageous comments by the zealot Tea Partiers could be the result of the trauma he suffered a week ago, said Dr. Laura Nelson, deputy director for the behavioral health sciences division at the Arizona Department of Health.
"Grief after what happened here in Tucson last week is a completely normal reaction, and ... anger is a very common symptom of grief (especially after being shot by a crazed gunman)," said Dr. Nelson, who had been invited to speak at the forum. "I hope that he'll get the help that he needs to get through this very difficult time."
Eric Fuller, who works as a signature collector for political initiatives, was about 10 to 15 feet away from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, talking to her volunteers, when the insane shooter's shots erupted on Jan. 8. Eric Fuller was shot by the insane gunman carrying a 9MM Glock. About 100 people attended the taping, which took place at St. Odilia Church less than a mile from the Safeway where the shooting occurred.
Among the guests were Patricia Maisch, Bill Badger and Daniel Hernandez, who were attending Giffords' event when the shooting occurred; Bill Hileman, husband of Susan Hileman, who was wounded in the rampage; U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Floirda, a friend of Giffords', and Rick Kastigar of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
Note: Hate Monger Trent Humphries is the head of the Tucson Tea Party movement. It is well known that this week, Humprhies outrageously said of Victim Gabby Gifford, "It’s political gamesmanship. The real case is that she [Giffords] had no security whatsoever at this event. So if she lived under a constant fear of being targeted, if she lived under this constant fear of this rhetoric and hatred that was seething, why would she attend an event in full view of the public with no security whatsoever?"
Humphries is an AGITATOR! And Tonight, he blatantly supported Loughner's right to openly carry a 9MM Glock! It is NO SURPRISE that one of the shooting vitim's should become upset by this extremist's blatant statement!