Drew Armstrong and Justin Blum
Jan 12, 2011
Jared Loughner, accused of shooting U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the Tucson, Arizona attack that killed six people and wounded 14, wrote “die bitch” and “die cops” on a letter he received from the lawmaker in 2007, officials said.
The note was found by FBI investigators searching the Tucson home of Loughner and his parents, Captain Chris Nanos of thePima County Sheriff’s Department said in a telephone interview yesterday. Giffords, who authorities have said was the target of the Jan. 8 shooting spree, remains hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her head.
Loughner appeared in court Jan. 10 to face federal charges that include the attempted assassination of a member of Congress; two counts of murder in the deaths of U.S. District Judge John Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman, a member of Giffords’s staff; and two counts of attempted murder in the wounding of two other staff members. State charges are pending.
On the morning of the shooting, Giffords, a Democrat who won re-election in November by a narrow margin, was meeting with constituents outside a grocery store at a Tucson shopping mall.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 10:18 am