Officials: Arizona shooting suspect ID'ed and claims he acted alone

Officials: Arizona shooting suspect ID'ed and claims he acted alone

Credit: AP

This photo obtained from the 2006 Mountain View High School yearbook shows Jared L. Loughner. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people. Police say that Jared L. Loughner has been taken into custody in conjunction with the shooting incident. A neighbor provided this photo to an Associated Press photographer outside a listed address for a Jared L. Loughner, where police are gathering, and said that this person lived at the residence. (AP Photo) NO SALES

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 8 at 5:28 PM

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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