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US cops hunt 2nd suspect

2011-01-09 13:45

Tucson - Police in Tucson early on Sunday released a surveillance camera photo of a man who was seen at the location where US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was gravely wounded and six other people were killed in a shooting rampage.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters on Saturday after the devastating attack that authorities were searching for a second individual who was a "person of interest" in the investigation.

The picture shows a white male with dark hair, dressed in blue jeans and a dark blue jacket, who is approximately 40 to 50 years old.

The man is apparently walking inside a store with his hands in his pockets.

Giffords, 40, a member of President Barack Obama's Democratic Party, was meeting constituents at a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona, when a gunman unleashed a volley of automatic fire. The alleged shooter was in custody.

A nine-year-old girl and a federal judge were among those killed, and 12 others were wounded.

Obama called the attack a "tragedy for our entire country." The House of Representatives, which opened under new Republican leadership just three days earlier, called off proceedings for the upcoming week.