On January 8, 2011, 6 innocent people were shot dead while having a meeting held in a parking lot, and another 13 people were injured in the gunfire. The gunman appeared out of nowhere during the 'Congress at your Corner' open forum, and appeared to shoot randomly at people in the crowd with a semi automatic pistol featuring a 33 round magazine.
When the gunman stopped to reload, he dropped his magazine, where the bystander Patricia Maisch grabbed it. Distracted by Patricia, the gunman failed to notice another bystander running at him with a folding chair, and was hit on the top of the head which further dazed him.
Then, a 74 y ear old retired war veteran named Bill Badger, who had already been shot, ran at the gunman who was later identified as Jared Lee Loughner, and tackled him to the ground until police officials arrived on the scene.
It was because of the efforts of these three individuals, that Loughner was brought to justice and is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.