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Tucson photos released of Gabrielle Giffords shooting

Tucson photos released: More than 600 police photos were released Tuesday of the 2011 Tucson shooting that wounded 19 people and killed six others.

By Felicia Fonseca and Jacques BilleaudAssociated Press / May 22, 2013

Pima County sheriffs used a car as a whiteboard, scrawling notes on it, in the aftermath of the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage that and wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others.

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In the chaotic moments after a gunman wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, investigators quickly turned a patrol car into a makeshift whiteboard, using markers to scrawl relevant information about the investigation.

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By the end of the day, the car was covered with details on the man who carried out the rampage, the hospitals where victims were being treated and a crude diagram of the crime scene.

Photos of the car were among 600 images that were taken by investigators in the aftermath of the January 2011 attack and were made public Tuesday by the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

The images provided a window into the early hours of the investigation and included the first publicly released photos of the handgun and high-capacity pistol magazines Jared Lee Loughner carried during the attack.

The image of the patrol car was a striking reminder of how investigators scrambled following the shooting, using whatever resources they could to inform officers at the scene.

The handwriting included phone numbers of investigators, medical conditions of victims, and the name and birth date of Loughner.

Police also made a note on the car's trunk that Loughner had previously been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, a charge that was dismissed after he completed a diversion program. Someone drew a stick-figure sketch of the scene, including where Loughner and Giffords were located at the time of the attack.

A Post-it note on the patrol car listed the name of Bryce Tierney, a high school friend of Loughner's who hadn't talked to Loughner in months.

Loughner had left a message on Tierney's cellphone hours before the shooting, saying, "Hey Bryce, it's Jared. We had some good times together. Peace out."

Loughner was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after he pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges in a shooting that inspired Giffords to become a national leader on gun control. The images released Tuesday contained the very high-capacity magazines that her organization is trying to restrict. Giffords did not comment on the release of the photos.

At the time of the shooting, Loughner had two magazines that held up to 31 bullets, two 15-round magazines, a 4-inch knife and other items.

Loughner had cleared a federal background check and legally bought the 9 mm Glock 19 semi-automatic weapon at a sporting goods store months before the shooting. Though he was carrying the knife during the attack, Loughner didn't use it to injure anyone.

The images were made public nearly two months after the Sheriff's Department released roughly 2,700 pages of investigative reports examining the shooting, marking the public's first view into documents that authorities had kept private since the attack. The records provided more detail about the deteriorating psychological condition of Loughner in the hours leading up to the attack and the first glimpse into Loughner's family.

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