Suspect in federal custody after Tucson shooting
January 9th, 2011
02:07 AM ET

Suspect in federal custody after Tucson shooting

A gunman intended to assassinate a U.S. representative when he opened fire outside an Arizona supermarket Saturday, killing six and wounding 12 including the congresswoman, the local sheriff said hours after the shooting.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was in critical condition and unconscious late Saturday after surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head, a hospital spokeswoman said. The dead included a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, authorities said.

One suspect was in custody immediately after the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Investigators were "actively in pursuit" of a second man whom they believed may be involved in the attempted assassination, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Saturday night.

Two people tackled the suspected shooter, stopping a spray of bullets from what federal and state law enforcement sources described as a 9mm Glock outfitted with a 30-round magazine. Dupnik declined to name the 22-year-old suspect. An Arizona law enforcement source and a federal law enforcement source, meanwhile, identified the suspect as Jared Lee Loughner. The suspect, who was being held by local authorities, was later taken into custody by the FBI, said Deputy Jason Ogan, Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Dupnik said investigators are not convinced that the suspect came to the supermarket alone. He said investigators were looking for a man seen near the suspect. Authorities did not know whether the person they sought actually had any connection with Loughner, a law enforcement source told CNN. Authorities have a piece of evidence that indicates this second individual was in close proximity to the store, the source said, but declined
to elaborate.

Investigators were trying to interview witnesses to determine if there was a connection between the two men, the source said. That source also said authorities were seeking search warrants for a residence and for a vehicle in connection with the suspect in custody.

The attack happened about 10 minutes after the start of a previously scheduled constituent meeting outside a Safeway grocery store. Although U.S. Capitol Police said there was no evidence of a broader threat involving federal officials, the agency said in a statement it had advised other members of Congress to take "reasonable and prudent precautions
regarding their personal safety and security."

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  1. zt

    daniel i think u need to be treated as a lunatic if you think that pot made him kill people some people just go crazy some people just smoke pot some people smoke pot and go crazy there should be no link if anything maybe schitzos just look to weed for help blame gun control not weed ...maybe we should all buy assualt weapons to protect from those crazy stoners

    January 11, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. barbara palmeri

    I would just like to say this . since it was obvious to so many.the shooter was mentally desturbed and reportedly had been arrested any judge could have orded a mental evauation. how was his case dismissed?

    January 15, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
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