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Search warrants released in Ariz. shooting case

Image: Jared Loughner
Jared Loughner faces new charges that include the murders of U.S. District Judge John Roll and Gabrielle Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman.U.S. Marshal's Office via AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Court documents released Wednesday show that police found two shotguns, ammunition and drawings of weapons in the home of the suspect charged in a Tucson shooting rampage.

The search warrants, used by police to go into the home of Jared Lee Loughner after the Jan. 8 attack that killed six, show police also seized a printout of the U.S. Constitution, a journal, a notebook with writing, poems, song lyrics and a handwritten note that read: "What is government if words don't have a meaning?"

All the items were found in the home, where Loughner lived with his parents.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the documents released at the request of news organizations. Loughner, 22, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six people.

Also included in the newly released documents are more details about what was found in a safe inside Loughner's room, where the documents say a note was found that read: "I planned ahead! My Assassination Love - Jared - Giffords." The actual notes were not provided, and it's not clear from the search warrant how the words relate to one another.

Police previously described the notes as separate messages that read: "I planned ahead," "My assassination," and "Giffords." They also said another note was found that read "Die, bitch," in what they believe was a reference to Giffords.

Also inside the safe were locking instructions for a firearm and other handwritten notes that say "priceless," "DT" and "shrooms."

The records do not elaborate on what was found in the journals or what most of the writings said.

A call to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for an explanation of what was contained in the writings was not immediately returned Wednesday evening.

In the documents, Pima County Sheriff's Detective Christopher Hogan referred to a "contact" Loughner had with Marana police in which he was found spray-painting street signs with "extremist-type symbols." Hogan did not describe the symbols, and a charge of criminal damage was dismissed after Loughner completed a diversion program.

Elsewhere in Loughner's house, police found job applications, rolls of film, music CDs, VHS cassette tapes, and a complaint form from Pima Community College.

Loughner was kicked out of Pima Community College because of behavior that campus police considered disturbing. He was told to get a mental health evaluation or not return.