Video: Second person sought in Ariz. shootings

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    HOLT: Good morning, everyone. Welcome to a special split edition of TODAY on this Sunday morning. I'm Lester Holt live in Tucson , Arizona .

    JENNA WOLFE, co-host: And I 'm Jenna Wolfe inside Studio 1A here in New York . And what a horrible tragedy. Lester , details, I understand, are still emerging there this morning.

    HOLT: A lot being sorted out this morning, Jenna . It all happened here at this shopping center you see behind me where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was hosting a sidewalk gathering for constituents. A gunman then walked up, opened fire on her and then on the crowd. Six people were killed, among them a nine-year-old girl and a US district judge, federal judge . At least 13 others were injured, including Congresswoman Giffords . She was shot in the head, but remarkably survived after undergoing brain surgery. She remains in critical condition this morning, but doctors say they are hopeful. Meanwhile, authorities have one suspect in custody. His name is Jared Loughner . He's 22 years old. At this hour officials are hunting for someone who they think -- they think may have been associated with the suspect. There's the picture that they're hoping someone will recognize and call with information. Coming up, we're going to get the very latest from here in Arizona . We'll have a conversation with two people who helped subdue the shooter until police arrived, Jenna .

    WOLFE: And then, Lester , we're also going to take a closer look this morning at some of the victims of the shooting, including the youngest, a nine-year-old girl born on the day of the 9/11 attacks. She had just been elected to her school student council and went to see the congresswoman because she was interested in government. So a sad story there, Lester .

    HOLT: All right.

    LESTER HOLT, co-host (Tucson, Arizona): We want to begin our coverage, Jenna , with NBC 's Miguel Almaguer . He joins me with the latest on the timeline of events and where the investigation stands this morning. Miguel , good morning to you.

    MIGUEL ALMAGUER reporting: Lester , good morning. Again, those staggering numbers. At least six people are dead, another 13 injured. The FBI and the sheriff's department is conducting a joint investigation. This morning they believe they have the gunman in custody, although, as you mentioned, they are looking for another suspect. They say the congresswoman was the target. Panic and chaos outside a suburban Tucson grocery store. Saturday, just after 10 AM , a gunman begins his rampage. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with her constituents when she was shot in the head at point-blank range. The gunman turned his semi-automatic pistol on the crowd.

    Unidentified Woman: There was eight pops that just set off really quickly, and the next thing we know there was just a frenzy of people.

    Unidentified Man #1: I was behind a pillar. I saw a man lying on the ground. All I heard was 'get down.'

    ALMAGUER: Witnesses say bodies were scattered everywhere, the most gravely injured airlifted. Some survivors drove themselves to the hospital. Several victims are in critical condition. Congresswoman Giffords was able to communicate with her doctors while being rushed into surgery.

    Dr. PETER RHEE (Medical Director, University Medical Center): She was shot through and through on one side of the head. It went through her brain.

    ALMAGUER: The suspected shooter is Jared Lee Loughner , a 22-year-old with a criminal history. Police say Loughner may have an accomplice and are now looking for this man for questioning.

    Mr. CLARENCE DUPNIK (Pima County Sheriff): We're not convinced that he acted alone. There is some reason to believe that he came to this location while with another individual.

    ALMAGUER: Investigators are looking into YouTube and MySpace accounts reportedly registered in Loughner 's name, but the online rants make little sense. The bloodshed could have been much worse.

    Mr. DUPNIK: He probably would have shot other people had he not been tackled by two people.

    ALMAGUER: Investigators quickly sealed off Loughner 's neighborhood, just minutes from the crime scene.

    Unidentified Man #2: It's extremely creepy to know that He lives so close to me and he does -- he wants to shoot somebody.

    ALMAGUER: Although police believe the congresswoman was targeted, the other victims appear to be random. Among the dead, a prominent 63-year-old federal judge ; a 30-year-old aide to Giffords who was engaged to be married; and a nine-year-old girl, the youngest victim.

    President BARACK OBAMA: Obviously our hearts go out to the family members of those who have been slain.

    ALMAGUER: Re-elected to her third term in November, Giffords met with the public on a regular basis. Shortly before she was shot, she tweeted, "Please stop by to let me know what's on your mind." Outside the hospital Saturday night, tears and a tribute.

    Unidentified Man #3: You cannot kill hope with a bullet.

    ALMAGUER: A community praying together for the survivors and also remembering the dead. On Saturday, doctors said they were optimistic about the congresswoman's recovery. We hope to have updated information on that later on today. And even as late as yesterday, Lester , there was a scare outside of her office. It turned out there was a suspicious package there, but it was not a threat.

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Photos: Former Ariz. Representative Gabrielle Giffords

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  1. Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot and left handicapped after a gunman opened fire at an event in Tucson, Ariz., and her husband retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly prepare to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 2013. (Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, leave the Newtown Municipal Building in Newtown, Conn. on Jan. 4, 2013. Giffords met with Newtown officials on Friday afternoon before heading to visit with families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. (Michelle Mcloughlin / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Gabrielle Giffords waves to the Space Shuttle Endeavor with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly as it flies over Tucson, Ariz. on its way to Los Angeles, on Sept. 20, 2012. Kelly served as Endeavour's last space commander months after Giffords survived serious head injuries because of a 2011 shooting. (P.K. Weis / Southwest Photo Bank via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Gabrielle Giffords blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 6, 2012. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Gabrielle Giffords stands on top of a peak in the French Alps with her husband Mark Kelly, right,, and mountain guide Vincent Lameyre, July 23, 2012. On her first trip out of the country since her injury in 2011, she rode a two-stage cable car to a station for spectacular views of Mont Blanc. (Denis Balibouse / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Ron Barber, right, celebrates his victory with Giffords, left, prior to speaking to supporters at a post election event, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. Barber, Giffords' former district director, won her seat in a special election after she resigned to focus on her recovery. (Ross D. Franklin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, read Rep. Gabriell Giffords resignation speech on the House floor on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. The day after President Obama's State of the Union speech, Giffords formally offered her resignation to Speaker John Boehner. Weeping, Shultz applauded the strength of her friend and colleague, "I'm so proud of my friend." (MSNBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. President Barack Obama hugs retiring Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as the president arrives to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., left, and Pelosi, right, posing with Giffords husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly of the Navy, at his retirement ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. (House Leader Nancy Pelosi's office / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the House for the first time since she was shot, making a dramatic entrance on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, during a crucial debt vote. She drew loud applause and cheers from surprised colleagues. (NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords poses for a photo the day after the launch of NASA space shuttle Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty surgery, outside TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital May 17, in Houston, Texas. Aides of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords posted two recent photos of the congresswoman to her public Facebook page, the first since the January 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded a dozen others. (P.K. Weis / Giffords Campaign / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Emergency workers use a stretcher to move Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. (James Palka / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner re-enacts the swearing in of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Susan Walsh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Rep. Giffords, left, speaks during a candidates debate with Republican candidate Jesse Kelly at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 18, 2010. Kelly is an Iraq War veteran and was the Tea Party favorite for the 8th congressional district seat. (Joshua Lott / The New York Times via Redux Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords meets with constituents in Douglas, Ariz., in 2010. Giffords, 40, took office in January 2007, emphasizing issues such as immigration reform, embryonic stem-cell research, alternative energy sources and a higher minimum wage. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Rep. Giffords speaks during a press conference in Washington, D.C., where members of Congress called on the President to secure the border with the National Guard on April 28, 2010. (James Berglie / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. This picture provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Monday, March 22, 2010, shows damage to her office in Tucson, Ariz. The congressional office was vandalized a few hours after the House vote overhauling the nation's health care system. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, gives a tour of Statuary Hall in the Capitol to Shuttle Discovery STS-124 astronauts Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide, of Japan, and her husband, Commander Mark Kelly, on Thursday, July 17, 2008. (Bill Clark / Roll Call Photos) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. From right. Rep. Ken Calvert, Rep. Dennis Moore, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and Rep. Heath Shuler, attend a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security hearing on current and proposed employment eligibility verification systems on May 6, 2008. The hearing provided a forum for lawmakers on both sides of the immigration debate, focusing on a system to verify the legal status of workers and job applicants. (Scott J. Ferrell) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Gabrielle Giffords with U.S. Navy Cmdr. Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut, at their wedding in Amado, Ariz., on Nov. 10, 2007. Kelly's twin brother, also an astronaut, is a commander on the International Space Station. "We have a unique vantage point here aboard the International Space Station. As I look out the window, I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not," said Scott Kelly of the tragedy that befell his sister-in-law. (Norma Jean Gargasz for The New York Times / Redux Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Representatives-elect including Dean Heller, top right, and Gabrielle Giffords, next to Heller, prepare for the freshman class picture for the 110th Congress on the House Steps on Nov. 14, 2006. (Tom Williams / Roll Call Photos) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords rides horseback in 2006. In an interview with NPR last year, she recalled working with horses during her adolescence in Tucson. "I loved cleaning out the stalls, and I did that in exchange for riding lessons. And I continue to ride most of my life. And I learned a lot from horses and the stable people ... I think it provided good training, all of that manure-shoveling, for my days in politics ahead." (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A page entitled, "Just do it!" in La Semeuse, the Scripps College yearbook in 1993. The photo at right shows Giffords in traditional Mennonite clothing. That same year, she won a Fulbright award to study Mennonites and other Anabaptist groups in Northern Mexico. Gifford's senior thesis was titled "Wish Books and Felt-Tipped Fantasies: The Sociology of Old Colony Mennonite Drawings." (Scripps College) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Gabrielle Giffords' senior portrait from the 1993 Scripps College yearbook. Giffords double-majored in Latin American studies and sociology. A Dean's List student, Gifford won several awards during her time at Scripps. (Scripps College) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Gabrielle Giffords, right, laughs with her mom, Gloria Kay Fraser Giffords, in a photo published in the Scripps College yearbook. Gabrielle received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American history from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. in 1993. (Scripps College) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. University High School portrait of Gabrielle Giffords, class of 1988. Dr. John Hosmer, taught history to the future lawmaker. He tells, "Gabrielle sat in the front row. She was inquisitive ... She was a very mature person from the moment she walked in the door." (University High School) Back to slideshow navigation
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