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A woman who tackled the gunman who shot congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, and 19 other people in Arizona has been praised by police. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told journalists the woman grabbed a magazine of bullets from the man as he was trying to reload his gun. She had also been shot by him. Two men then grabbed him.
Daniel Hernandez used his hands to stop the bleeding from congresswoman's head. Roger Salzgeber and Joseph Zamudio tackled the suspect, Jared Loughner. But it was a 61-year-old woman who grabbed the magazine and handgun from the gunman that witnesses said helped prevent further tragedy. "It was one shot, and then a moment with nothing, and then a series of shots," Patricia Maisch, of Tucson, told CBS affiliate KPHO. "I saw him coming down the line of chairs there, in front of the Safeway, just shooting people." Two men tackled the gunman, but he could have done more damage. He still had the gun in his hand as he laid face-to-face with Maisch, she said. "I was waiting to be shot, I was wondering how it was gonna feel to be shot," she told the station. Maisch said she didn't stop to think of her own safety, she didn't hesitate for a second. "I immediately knelt up over him, because he was right there almost on top of me, and the gun was in his right hand," she said. She said she grabbed the 9mm handgun and the fully loaded magazine he took out of his pocket, disarming him before he could inflict more damage. Even after all she's done, Maisch remained humble. She credits the two men who took the shooter down, rather than patting herself on the back. Witnesses said Maisch was screaming, "give me the gun" as she knelt over the gunman.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
Daniel Hernandez, the intern (student at U. of AZ) that helped the Congresswoman in her first moments after being shot, before paramedics arrived... though he wouldn't call himself a hero, he certainly shined at a crucial moment and did the right thing.