Congresswoman’s Condition Upgraded; While A Shooting Victim Is Arrested At Tea Party Event

More encouraging news coming from the doctors treating Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ condition improved to serious on Sunday after procedures to remove a ventilator were successful.

Doctors decided to upgrade her from critical because the tracheotomy done a day earlier went well, and Giffords was breathing on her own, hospital spokeswoman Katie Riley said.

Giffords was one of 19 people shot at a Safeway store Jan. 8. Six people were killed.

Meanwhile, a week after the Tucson supermarket massacre, a shooting victim became distraught during a televised town hall meeting and was arrested, authorities said.

James Eric Fuller, a self-described liberal and military veteran, started ranting at the end of the program. He took a picture of a local tea party leader and yelled “you’re dead” before calling others in the church a bunch of “whores,” authorities said.

Deputies arrested him and called a doctor. They decided he should be taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation, said Pima County sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ogan said.

Associated Press Contributed to this report.


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