(photo credit: Associated Press)
— A 22-year-old man described as a social outcast with wild beliefs
steeped in mistrust faces a federal court hearing on charges he tried to
assassinate a US congresswoman in a Tucson shooting rampage that left
six people dead.
A federal judge, a congressional aide and a
young girl were among the six people killed, while Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords and 13 others were injured in the bursts of gunfire outside a
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defenders are asking that the attorney who defended Oklahoma City
bombing conspirator Timothy McVeigh and "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski defend
Jared Loughner, who makes his first court appearance Monday at 2 p.m.
MST (2100 GMT).
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Loughner was not
cooperating and told ABC News the suspect had said "not a word" to
investigators. Dupnik said authorities were all but certain Loughner
acted alone, saying "he's a typical troubled individual who's a loner."
Also on Monday, recordings of initial 911 calls reporting the shooting were release (see video).
hearing in Phoenix comes just a few hours after President Barack Obama
leads a shocked and saddened nation in a moment of silence for the
victims and their families. Obama will observe the moment of silence at
11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) with White House staff on the South Lawn.
killed included US District Judge John Roll, 63, and 9-year-old
Christina Taylor Green, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and was featured
in a book called "Faces of Hope" that chronicled one baby from each
state born on the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people in the US.
Others killed were Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79.
authorities filed the charges against Loughner Sunday, they alleged he
scrawled on an envelope the words "my assassination" and "Giffords"
sometime before he took a cab to a shopping center where the
congresswoman was meeting with constituents Saturday morning.
Giffords, 40, lay in intensive care at a Tucson hospital, after being
shot in the head at close range. Doctors said she had responded
repeatedly to commands to stick out her two fingers, giving them hope
she may survive.
Loughner is charged with one count of attempted assassination of a
member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal
government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. More
charges are expected.
Discoveries at Loughner's home in southern Arizona, where he lived with
his parents in a middle-class neighborhood lined with desert landscaping
and palm trees, have provided few answers to what motivated him.
Court papers filed with the charges said he had previous contact with
Giffords. The documents said he had received a letter from the
Democratic lawmaker in which she thanked him for attending a "Congress
on your Corner" event at a mall in Tucson in 2007.
Police said he purchased the Glock pistol used in the attack in