Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Arizona shooting records release: 'I hope that common sense policies like universal background checks become part of our history, just like the Tucson shootings are' - statement via @NBCNews
Jared Loughner is charged with killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on Jan 8, 2011. Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 counts on Aug. 7, 2012, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that would prevent him from receiving the death penalty. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2012.
On Jan 22, 2012, Giffords announced she was stepping down from Congress to focus on her recovery. On June 19, 2012, former aide Ron Barber -- who was injured in the shooting -- was sworn in, taking the seat Giffords gave up, following a special election.