TUCSON -- Heroes are now emerging from Saturday's attempted assassination of Rep. Gabriella Giffords that left six people dead and 14 others wounded.
When the shooting started outside the Safeway supermarket during the congresswoman's public event, many people turned and ran.
However, Giffords' intern, 20-year-old Daniel Hernandez, rushed over to Giffords and her district director Ron Barber who were lying on the pavement with gunshot wounds.
"I don't even know if the gunfire had stopped," Hernandez told the Arizona Republic.
Immediately after the shooting he applied pressure to Giffords' wound and pulled her up into his lap, holding her upright, the Republic reported.
Then he instructed another bystander how to apply pressure to the wounds suffered by Giffords' district director Ron Barber.
According to the Republic, Barber told Hernandez, "Make sure you stay with Gabby. Make sure you help Gabby."
Hernandez stayed with Giffords until paramedics arrived. On the ambulance ride to the hospital, he held her hand and she squeezed his back, the paper said.
In a press conference after the shooting, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik described yet another hero.
During the shooting, one woman grabbed a magazine away from the shooter as he was trying to reload. Dupnik stated that a spring on another ammunition magazine, with 31 rounds, that the shooter did manage to insert, then failed.
Two men were then able to subdue the shooter.
Patricia Maisch politely corrects those who say she was the hero of the Safeway shootings.
You were misinformed, she told one television reporter who came to her door. The credit, she said, goes to the men who brought down the gunman.
When the shooting started, Maisch says she flattened herself against the ground. A woman next to her, sheltering her daughter, was shot in the back, Maisch said.
I thought, I wonder how its going to feel. How bad its going to be. Is it going to be in my head?
And then someone else suddenly dropped to the ground flush against her. It was the gunman.
As two men tackled him, Maisch saw the gunman reach into his pocket with his left hand and draw out a magazine of bullets. He dropped it, and she heard someone shout to get the magazine.
I was able to grab it before he could, she said.
By that time, two men had pinned the gunmans upper body to the ground, but he was kicking wildly with his legs. Maisch then knelt on his ankles.
Maisch says was over in minutes, and she was uninjured.
The men who tackled and held down the gunman have been identified as Roger Salzgeber, Bill Badger and Joseph Zamudio.