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Autopsies for Tucson shooting spree victims released

Autopsies for Tucson shooting spree victims released

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Three of the six victim's in the Jan. 8 mass shooting on Tucson's northwest side were shot in the head, autopsy reports released Monday show.

The autopsies and statements from surviving victims indicate each of the 31 rounds investigators say Jared Lee Loughner fired at a political gathering struck someone in the crowd.

The six people who were killed were hit a combined eight times and the 13 people who were wounded reported being struck a combined 24 times, a total that includes grazing shots.

Gabriel Zimmerman, Dorwan Stoddard, and Phyllis Schneck died from gunshot wounds to the head. The other three - Judge John M. Roll, Christina-Taylor Green, and Dorothy Jean Morris - were shot in the torso. Stoddard and Morris were shot twice, while the rest were shot once, the reports say.

The six victims were killed in a Safeway parking lot during a "Congress on Your Corner" event hosted by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside the store. Thirteen others were wounded, including Giffords, who is in a Texas hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Federal prosecutors asked a judge to prevent the release of the autopsies, saying families of five of the victims objected to the documents being made public. But a federal judge denied the request, leaving the decision to the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office.

Chief medical examiner Dr. Bruce Parks released the reports Monday afternoon to the Arizona Daily Star and other news outlets that requested them under Arizona public records laws.

Here's how each of the six victims died:

• Judge John M. Roll, 63, a federal judge: One gunshot wound.

• Christina-Taylor Green, 9: One gunshot wound on her torso that struck her heart and kidney.

• Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, a Giffords aide: One gunshot wound.

• Dorothy Jean Morris, 76: Two gunshot wounds.

• Phyllis Schneck, 79: One gunshot wound.

• Dorwan Stoddard, 76: Two gunshot wounds.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, faces 49 federal charges in the shooting spree. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to assassinate Giffords and two of her aides, and faces a court appearance on Wednesday on additional counts.

Loughner used a Glock semiautomatic pistol with an extended magazine, also known as a high-capacity magazine, investigators have said. They found 31 shell casings at the scene.

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