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UPDATE: Federal prosecutors charge suspect in shooting of Rep. Giffords

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TUCSON, Ariz. (WKOW) -- Federal prosecutors have charged the suspect in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with attempted assassination and four other charges.

22-year-old Jared Loughner is charged with one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee.

Loughner does not yet have a lawyer. Heather Williams, the first assistant federal public defender in Arizona, says her office is working to get a lawyer appointed for Loughner.


TUCSON, Ariz. (WKOW) -- Arizona authorities have cleared a second man of having any involvement in the Rep. Gifford shooting on Saturday.

Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ogan said Sunday that they have determined the man, who was a suspected accomplice in the shooting, was not involved.

Ogan says the man was a cab driver who drove the gunman to grocery store and followed him inside because he hadn't paid his cab fare.

The man was being sought after by authorities because he was captured on security cameras near the gunman and at the scene Saturday.

Authorities are not yet ready to say if they believe the gunman acted alone.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A surgeon at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., says Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is able to communicate.

Dr. Michael Lemole said at a news conference on Sunday that Giffords responded to doctors' commands.

Lemole says the gunshot went through the left side of her head and that surgeons worked to reduce pressure from swelling in the brain by removing bone fragments.

Giffords was shot by a gunman on Saturday as she met with constituents at a supermarket. Six others were killed, and 14 wounded, including the congresswoman.

TUCSON, Ariz. (WKOW) -- Police in Tucson have one suspect in custody, and they are searching for a second after a mass shooting Saturday.

Police are describing a person of interest caught on surveillance video as a white male around 40-50 years old.  They think he may have helped the gunman.

House Speaker John Boehner is holding a press conference Sunday morning to address the shooting that targeted congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.


TUCSON, Ariz. (WKOW) -- From Washington to Arizona, the reaction to the shooting spree that wounded a congresswoman is the same: outrage.

The House of Representatives has postponed all legislative business next week as they cope with the shooting of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge and 17 others outside a Tucson supermarket this morning.

The gunman shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside a supermarket, point blank and kept firing.

"I was about three feet from her. I was lucky not to be in the line of fire. I'm shaken to my core," said Alex Villec, who witnessed the shooting.

When it was over, at least six people were killed.

Among them: three Giffords' staffers, a 9-year-old girl and federal judge John Roll, who just came to say hello.

"He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

Somehow, Giffords made it out alive.

"I hope that she will survive but this is a very devastating wound," said Richard Carmona, Giffords family friend.

President Obama sent FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the probe personally.

"It is a tragedy for Arizona and a tragedy for our entire country," said President Barack Obama.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Jarrod Lee Loughner, was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody as police swarmed the scene. The sheriff made a startling revelation.

"We are not convinced that he acted alone. There is some reason to believe that he came to this loc with another individual," said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

Authorities described Loughner as troubled -- he was rejected by the ARMY and angry with the government.

The sheriff hinted at motive, saying poisonous political rhetoric pushes the unbalanced toward violence.

"The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately Arizona I think is the capitol. We are the mecca for prejudice for prejudice and bigotry," said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

Vigils were held for Giffords and the other victims at the state capitol in Phoenix, at Giffords' office in Tucson and in Washington, where colleagues mourn a shooting victim who might have been any of them.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials believe Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was the intended target of an armed attack in Tucson.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said at a Saturday evening news conference that "I don't have information about whether she was the first person shot, but yes, I believe she was the target."

The sheriff said Giffords was shot once in the head, and 18 other people were shot. Six are dead.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona sheriff helping investigate the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others says the gunman may not have acted alone.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said at a news conference in Tucson on Saturday that authorities may have a photo of another suspect.

Dupnik says officials believe a suspect in custody may have come to the grocery store parking lot with another person, and that person was in some way involved.

Dupnik would offer no other information.

People familiar with the investigation have identified the suspected gunman being held as 22-year-old Jared Loughner.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials familiar with the investigation into a shooting rampage in Arizona say the suspect claims he acted alone.

At least five people were killed and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in the episode, which unfolded as the Democratic congresswoman was greeting constituents in her district in Tucson, Arizona.

Police say the shooter is in custody. He has been identified by officials familiar with the investigation as Jared Loughner, 22.

Officials say Loughner told authorities at the scene he had acted alone, although it is not certain that is the case.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they are not authorized to provide details.

Giffords underwent surgery after the attack. The dead include a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) --  Law enforcement officials are poring over captured versions of a MySpace page that belonged to the man held in a shooting rampage at a Tucson grocery store, which killed five people and wounded 10 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Jared Loughner's page includes a mysterious "Goodbye friends" message published hours before the shooting and exhorts his friends to "Please don't be made at me."

In one of several Youtube videos published over the Internet weeks ago under an account linked to Loughner, the 22-year-old described inventing a new U.S. currency and complained about the illiteracy rate among people living in Giffords' congressional district.

U.S. officials who provided Loughner's name to the AP spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release it publicly.


TUCSON, Ariz. (WKOW) -- CNN reports Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is out of surgery and doctor is "optimistic" about her recovery.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Associated Press says the shooter has been identified as Jared Loughner.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Capitol police say that the shooter suspect is in custody in Arizona.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional officials say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and an aide was killed today when a gunman opened fire as the Arizona congresswoman met with constituents outside a Tucson grocery story.

The officials say a number of other people were injured, including other members of the lawmaker's staff. The victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.

One official added the attack was carried out with an automatic weapon.

The officials who described the events did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not permitted to comment publicly.

They say the FBI and local law enforcement are investigating the attack.

Giffords had just begun her third term. The 40-year-old Democrat was re-elected in November, edging a tea party favorite. She was a member of the Arizona House and Senate before coming to Washington.  

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Associated Press is reporting Representative Gabrielle Giffords has been shot in the head.

CNN reports Rep. Giffords is in surgery.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- CNN confirms that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been killed. She was shot in the head while holding a constituent meeting at a grocery store in Tucson, AZ.

At least 12 people were shot shortly after 10:00 a.m. MST reports CNN.

Jason Pekau, an employee of a nearby business, told CNN he heard "15 to 20 gunshots."

According to spokesman Richard Parker, at least two of the victims have been transported to Northwest Medical Center.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ogan says the motive for the shooting is unclear. The severity of the other victims' injuries is unknown.

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