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Jan082011

Who Shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords?

Photo Courtesy - Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords/MySpace/ABC News Illustration(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The man who allegedly shot Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been identified as 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, ABC News has learned.

Giffords was shot, along with several other people including federal judge John Roll, outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz. where she was holding an event called Congress on Your Corner.

On a Myspace page apparently maintained by Loughner, he said goodbye to friends and said, "Please don't be mad at me... I cannot rest."

Authorities said the shooter was in custody.

Loughner reportedly made several YouTube videos with walls of text protesting the government and ranting against low literacy rates.

"Hello, my name is Jared Lee Loughner. This video is my introduction to you!" the video, uploaded Dec. 15, says. "My favorite activity is conscience dreaming; the greatest inspiration for my political business information. Some of you don't dream -- sadly... My ambition - is for informing literate dreamers about a new currency; in a few days, you know I'm conscience dreaming! Thank you!"

Congresswoman Giffords survived the shooting and doctors said she's expected to recover. Five others, including Judge Roll and a 9-year-old girl perished, President Obama said in an address Saturday.

Obama called the shooting "an unspeakable act."

According to an eye witness, the shooter "came out of nowhere" and unloaded two clips on Congresswoman Giffords and the gathered crowd, striking Giffords in the head.

Bystanders then tackled the shooter and held him until authorities intervened.

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