Tucson – Authorities announced that they have reason to believe that more than one person could be involved in the Arizona shooting on Saturday that left six people dead and seriously injuring 12 others including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik stated at a press conference that they are not convinced that Jared Lee Loughner—the gunman who was immediately arrested after the shooting—acted alone.
“There is some reason to believe he came to this location with another individual,” he said, referring to photos showing a Caucasian male with dark hair wearing blue jeans and a dark blue jacket, between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, seen near the suspect before the shooting took place, according to Fox News.
Sheriff Dupnik declined to go into further details other than authorities are actively looking for this second individual to bring him in for questioning.
Loughner, 22, remains in police custody at the Pima County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sunday morning, CNN reports. He remains uncooperative with police officials who believe that Giffords may have been the primary target in the said shooting.
Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil was held outside Gifford’s office Saturday evening. According to USAToday, a lighted sign marking Giffords’ office became an altar of sorts Saturday night, with people leaving candles, signs, stuffed animals, a flag and other symbols and messages. About 50 people had gathered on the street corner in front of her office, some holding candles and hand-lettered signs that said “Peace,” “Just Pray,” and “We condemn violence.”
Earlier, Dr. Pete Rhee, Director of the University Medical Center where Giffords was rushed immediately after being shot at point-blank range in the head, said that the Congresswoman is out of surgery and is currently in critical condition.