TUCSON, Ariz. (March 4, 2011)—Jared Lee Loughner has been indicted on 49 counts in Tucson federal district court connected with the Jan. 8 incident in which Loughner allegedly shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the only former tire dealer in Congress, and 18 others, six fatally.
Loughner had already been indicted on three federal charges in Phoenix federal district court. The new charges—including multiple counts of murder, attempted murder and firearms violations—are based on the theory that the Safeway grocery store at which the shootings occurred was protected federal ground because Rep. Giffords was meeting with constituents there.
The indictment took place in the same courtroom in which one of the victims—John M. Roll, chief federal judge in Arizona—presided. Judge Roll died in the shootings, as did five other victims including a nine-year-old girl and one of Rep. Giffords' aides.
Rep. Giffords, former president of El Campo Tire & Service Centers, was first elected to Congress in 2006. Currently she is undergoing therapy and rehabilitation at a hospital in Houston, where her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, is stationed.