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Shooting Survivor Outraged That Giffords Was Attacked

Jan 11, 2011 – 10:20 AM
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Lisa Flam

Lisa Flam Contributor

A man wounded in the Arizona shooting rampage said the deadly violence was like a "bad dream-like sequence" that left him outraged because of the attack on the congresswoman he had gone to hear.

Eric Fuller, a 63-year-old veteran, was released from the hospital Monday after being shot in the knee and being hit in the back with bullet fragments in Saturday's shooting. The violence in Tucson left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

Fuller told CBS' "The Early Show" today he is "doing fine, physically. Miraculously, feeling very lucky."

A supporter of the congresswoman, Fuller said, "I'm outraged that someone like Gabrielle Giffords was attacked."

He said the shooting was "like a bad crime drama, with a gun being pointed towards me, and a very, seemed like athletic young man pumping rounds off at everybody and taking aim at us."

He and others dropped to the ground and played dead.

"So, not wanting to leave the world very soon, and not thinking that I could do very much except maybe get killed trying to stop him from the vantage point that I was at, I fell to the ground," he said. "As other people were doing, and expected the worst to occur after that."

He said he felt the gunshot in his knee but was unaware that his back had been hit.

"I was incredulous. It was a dream-like sequence, a bad dream-like sequence," he told CBS. "I hadn't ever had any kind of trauma experience at that level before. And I didn't quite know how to react. I felt like we were in for more, and possibly to be given a coup de grace by this madman that was so vigorously exercising his Second Amendment rights."

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Fuller, a former limousine driver, said if he could speak to Giffords, he would encourage her to keep up her work in public service.

"I would like to thank her on behalf of veterans such as myself, for standing up for veterans, and for supporting bills that were supportive of veterans. And I would want her to return to her job and continue to be effective in her role as -- as defending the public interest."

Giffords, a three-term Democrat, was wounded while holding a meeting with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket. Six others were killed and 14 wounded.
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