By Tim Gaynor
TUCSON, Ariz (Reuters) - A calm male voice surrounded by haunting cries of pain tells a 911 dispatcher of multiple shooting victims outside a Tucson supermarket and of wounds to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
"There was a shooting at Safeway at Ina and Oracle where Gabrielle Giffords was, I do believe Gaby Giffords was hit," the male voice says, with almost animal cries and groans of pain in the background.
"At the Safeway sir? ... Was somebody shot there sir?"
"It looks like a guy had a semi-automatic pistol, and he went in, he just started firing and then he ran," said the unidentified male voice, adding that the Congresswoman was "hit."
"She's hit, she's breathing, she still got a pulse ... we got one dead... there's multiple shot."
Responder: "Oh my God."
The young male caller was the first to report the shooting outside the Safeway in north Tucson last Saturday that left Giffords gravely wounded and six dead, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.
The emergency calls, partially redacted, were released by the Pima County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, and tell a raw, harrowing chronicle of the bloody events as reported by the witnesses at the scene.
Giffords was shot once through the back of the head at a meeting with constituents outside the store in northwest Tucson last Saturday morning.
Jared Lee Loughner, a 22-year-old college dropout made his first court appearance on Monday on five federal charges, including the attempted assassination of Giffords.
In the midst of the carnage, the caller pauses and gently asks someone other than the 911 operator: "Are you okay sir? we've got help coming."
Several subsequent calls logged by the dispatcher also noted shots fired at the location, variously a "bunch of people shot," others calling in descriptions of a man in a "hoodie," who left the scene running but was subdued. One caller was hiding behind a drug store for safety.
Others are frantic for their loved ones. An extremely agitated woman tells the dispatcher her husband called and told her he had been shot at Giffords event.
'HE CALLED, AND THE PHONE WENT DEAD'
"I don't know where... do you know where it is? I don't know where the site is? ... He just called and then the phone went dead ... Where will they take him? Can you call me right away to let me know where he's going?"
The unfolding saga of mayhem continues from several callers, painting a brutal picture of a blood bath uncommon in the quiet city of Tucson.
A woman says: "We need more than one ambulance, we have more than one person down ... I guy came to the Safeway and started shooting."
"Mam, we do have the help on the way, how many people are injured?" the dispatcher asks.
"We have a total of ten people, maybe more ... oh my God."
Another told of panic.
"We hear the gunshots ... there were people running all over the scene..."
A woman caller asks if the dispatcher is sending police.
"We are sending (police) deputies."
"Are you sending a lot of ambulances too?"
Shortly after, an unidentified male voice calls in with reports of an injured woman, although it appears she is beyond help.
"I guess she doesn't need medical attention now... she's just..." and the voice trails off.
(Writing by Tim Gaynor, editing by Greg McCune)