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Jan 9, 2011 5:52 AM

Dupnik: Shooting a "horrendous, senseless, unbelievable crime"

TUCSON - Sheriff Clarence Dupnik spoke about Saturday morning's mass shooting at a press conference, calling it a "horrendous, senseless, unbelievable crime."

Pima County Sheriff's Office says a man carrying a pistol with an extended clip walked through the crowd at an event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle GIffords - he then shot her in the head and fatally wounded 6 people, and injured 12 more. Among those who were killed: John Roll, a federal judge, Gabe Zimmerman, a Giffords aide, 9-year old Christina Greene, and Dorwin Stoddard, a local pastor.

The suspect has since been identified by sources as 22-year-old Jared Loughner, a former PCC student who voluntarily withdrew from the college after disciplinary issues and had a minor criminal background, PCSO says.

Two brave men sat on the suspect and sat on him until he was taken into police custody, Dupnik says.

A photo and description of a person of interest has been released by Pima County Sheriff's Office. PCSO says they know the identity of this person, but are not making this information public at this time.

Dupnik expressed the emotional magnitude of the shooting.

"I hope that all Americans are as saddened and as shocked as we are."

About Judge Roll, Dupnik says: "I've never met a more more sincere, fair-minded,brilliant federal judge, or any judge for that matter in my whole life." Dupnik, who also knows Giffords personally, says, "She is one of the nicest human beings to ever be planted on this earth."

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