Arizona shooting suspect charged with trying to assassinate Rep. Giffords
Federal authorities also charged Jared Lee Loughner, the Arizona shooting suspect, with two counts of murder. President Obama calls for a moment of silence Monday at 11 a.m. EST.
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Public records show he has had minor run-ins with the law. He also has posted various ramblings on social media sites.Skip to next paragraph
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Although the Tucson office of Gifford – who was reelected in November in a tight, hotly contested campaign – was vandalized last year, Dupnik said there was no security with her at the Saturday event.
Unless a known threat exists against an elected official, no security detail is provided if it isn’t specifically requested, the sheriff said.
Investigators also have determined that Judge Roll, who had stopped at the event to say hello to his friend Giffords, was not targeted and his killing was “a fluke,” said David Gonzales, US Marshall for Arizona.
“There were no threats that were out there,” Mr. Gonzales said.
The four-page affidavit filed in support of the federal charges does not shed more light on why, specifically, Loughner chose Giffords as a target. It is unclear whether other evidence was seized at Loughner’s home that has not been made public.
The affidavit also reveals that Loughner, who has been described as a college drop out with mental problems, purchased the murder weapon – a 9 millimeter Glock – on Nov. 30, 2010 at Sportman’s Warehouse in Tucson.
The federal charges will likely be amended. Because authorities chose to proceed first in federal court, the charges are linked to the federal crimes of attempting to kill a member of Congress, unlawfully killing federal officials, and unlawfully attempting to kill federal officials.
Murder and other charges may also be prosecuted in state court in Arizona.
Tucsonans are still reeling from the shock of the shootings. Arizonans have held various vigils for the victims.
“This is something that you read about happening somewhere else, not here,” said Isabel De La Torre, who works in a clothing store near the scene of the shooting.
Added her colleague, Kaye Frey: “This is just terrible. It is so sad.”
Staff writer Warren Richey contributed to this report.