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Authorities said they are not convinced one person was behind a shooting rampage at a town hall-style event Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead, including a federal judge, and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who police said was the target of the attack.
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a statement that a second person was seen at the location of the shooting, and was possibly associated with the suspect in custody. The person was described as a Caucasian male with dark hair, approximately 40-50 years old, who was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark blue jacket.
Details remain murky. However, the shooting occurred in a shopping center with chain stores, so video cameras were likely in the vicinity and authorities may have more footage to help them with the investigation.
The gunman, who sources identify to Fox News as 22-year-old Jared Loughner, is in police custody, though the motive in the shooting remains unclear. He has a court appearance via a video conference call scheduled for Sunday. Dupnik described the shooter as ‘unstable’ with a troubled past.
Although Loughner is reportedly not talking with police, the investigation continues and some elements are becoming clearer.