One of the victims in last Saturday’s shooting in Tucson was arrested today after saying, “You’re dead,” to a man advocating for gun ownership. The arrest of Eric Fuller, 63, came at a taping of ABC’s Town Hall, which was being moderated by Christiane Amanpour.
Toward the end of the taping, Amanpour brought up the issues of gun safety and mental health. As one member of the audience stood up and expressed his support for gun ownership, Fuller, seated near the front in an area reserved for victims and special guests, appeared increasingly frustrated and agitated. Fuller then swiveled in his chair, raised his camera and took a photo of the pro-gun speaker, muttering, “You’re dead,” according to Joel Tranter, who was sitting behind him. “I told him, ‘You need to be respectful. You need to calm down,'” Tranter said. “He said, ‘What’d you do, vote for this guy?'” As police officers approached to escort Fuller outside, he turned and shouted at the audience: “You whores!” The rest of the taping continued without incident and wrapped up about five minutes later. Outside, Fuller was arrested for making threats, said Capt. Byron Gwaltney of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
According to a local Tucson television station, Fuller’s comments were directed at Tuscon Tea Party founder Trent Humphries, who garnered some poor press of his own on Thursday when he blamed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for not carrying a firearm to prevent her own shooting.