January 9, 2011 / 9:32 PM / 8 years ago

Arizona shooting suspect charged with murder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Sunday charged Jared Lee Loughner, the man suspected of killing six people and wounding a congresswoman in Arizona, with five criminal counts, including attempted assassination.

Jared L. Loughner, identified by U.S. federal law enforcement officials as the suspected gunman in the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson on Saturday, is seen in this undated high school yearbook photo from the 2006 Mountain View High School yearbook obtained from a classmate of Loughner's in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mountain View High School/Handout

Loughner, 22, faces one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress; two counts of killing an officer of the United States; and two counts of attempted killing of an officer of the United States.

The charges were filed in U.S. federal court in Phoenix. local time (4 p.m. EST/2100 GMT) on Monday, the Justice Department said.

Loughner is the main suspect in a shooting rampage that targeted U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday. Six people were killed, including a U.S. judge, a Giffords aide and a 9-year-old girl. Giffords and 13 other people were wounded.

More charges against Loughner are possible, FBI Director Robert Mueller said at a news conference earlier in the day.

Evidence recovered in the initial investigation indicates that Loughner appeared at another public event hosted by Giffords in 2007, according to a court filing.

Investigators also found a document in a safe in Loughner’s residence that mentioned assassination plans, the filing said.

Reporting by James Vicini and Andy Sullivan; Editing by Jackie Frank

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