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Medics describe chaos of shooting scene as gun show goes on nearby

Published: Sat, January 15, 2011 @ 7:48 p.m.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)

Veteran paramedic Tony Compagno stepped off Engine 30 and into hell: Panicked people rushed his crew, trying to pull them toward the injured, while three men desperately gave chest compressions to a 9-year-old girl.

Others cried out "Giffords! Giffords!" and pointed to a woman lying unconscious with a gunshot wound to the head. Several other bodies were already covered with sheets.

Compagno and other paramedics on the first three engine trucks to respond to the mass shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Jan. 8 meet-and-greet event recounted Saturday the scene that unfolded a week earlier as they rushed to count and triage the victims.

At the same time, the Safeway where the shooting happened reopened and a memorial of flowers quickly grew outside.

Randy Larson, 57, came by to shop but instead found himself sitting quietly on the curb choking back tears.

Elsewhere in town, an organization called Crossroads of the West held a gun show, one of many it hosts in several Western states. An estimated crowd of 4,000 showed up on the balmy Saturday, though the mood was less upbeat than past shows, organizer Bob Templeton said. Gun enthusiasts mingled in the county fairgrounds building, discussing Second Amendment rights and buying handguns, rifles and other weapons.

The group considered canceling the event, but decided Tuesday it would go on, said Templeton.

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1Jerry(861 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I was going to make a flippant comment regarding this, but then decided the tragedy deserves more respect.

What exactly is the purpose of this article? Of what relevance is a gun show and why are the two events being tied together?

From the appearance of the apparently deliberately misleading headline it would seem that the chaos at the scene of the shooting was being attributed to the gun show when, in reality, the gun show was at a different location somewhere in the Tuscon area.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

"the Safeway where the shooting happened"

A study should be conducted to check on the possibility that they may have triggered the shooter's mental explosion that led to the killings .

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3sunshinemorning(1 comment)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree with the person who stated, What exactly is the purpose of this article? Of what relevance is a gun show and why are the two events being tied together?

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4Jerry(861 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

RE: Capybara91

Congress postponed business because one of their members was severely injured in this incident.

As someone else pointed out church services were held and McDonald’s served hamburgers. Each of these events has equal relevance (irrelevance) to the shooting incident as the gun show, yet they are not mentioned in the article.

The headline is worded in a deliberately misleading manner, to make it appear that the gun show contributed to chaos at the scene of the shooting, when it did not.

I do not attend gun shows and do not own a firearm (never have), so I do not have a personal reason to support or not support gun shows. I do, however, recognize tainted journalism when I see it.

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