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Conn. Joins Nation In Mourning Arizona Shooting Victims

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Connecticut on Sunday join other states in lowering the  United States flag at half-staff to show respect and sympathy for the victims of the brutal acts of violence on Jan. 8 in Tucson, Arizona.

Following President Barack Obama’s prompting, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has directed Connecticut flags to follow suit, flying at half-staff until sunset on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

Jared Lee Loughner, the shooting suspect,  is now in custody, according to a CNN news report. He is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday.

Loughner is accused of opening fire outside a Tucson supermarket, where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents Saturday. The death toll after the bloody massacre is six., Police said 14 others were wounded in the shooting.

According to Dr. Peter Rhee at the Giffords remained in critical condition Sunday after being shot through the skull, while a federal judge, a congressional aide and a 9-year-old girl were among the dead.

On Sunday, authorities released the names of the other victims. They were  John Roll, 63, a federal district court judge; Gabriel Zimmerman, Giffords’s 30-year-old director of community outreach; Dorwin Stoddard, 76, a pastor; Dorothy Murray, 76; and 79-year-old Phyllis Scheck.

Federal authorities have charged Laughner with first-degree murder, attempted murder counts and attempting to kill a member of Congress, counts that involve the shootings of federal employees. State prosecutors also could bring charges in the remaining cases.

See More Stories:

CNN: Massacre suspect scheduled to make first court appearance

The Guardian: Gabrielle Giffords expected to recover after Arizona shooting

The Guardian: Jared Loughner: A suspect with extreme obsessions

Duluth News: Profile of Shooting Victims

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