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Second man cleared in Giffords shooting

A second man has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of Rep. Giffords and up to 19 others, authorities said.

The man, who had been called a "person of interest" by Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik on Saturday, was not an accomplice in the incident that claimed six lives, said Deputy Jason Ogan.

The man, a cab driver, took suspect Jared Lee Loughner to the Northwest Side grocery store where the shooting incident took place.

The two entered the store together so Loughner could get change to pay the fare, authorities said.

The man has not been identified.

The driver dropped off Loughner at 9:59 a.m., authorities said. The first report of a shooting was at 10:11 a.m., and paramedics arrived at 10:16 a.m., authorities said.

The man had been sought for questioning because he was near the suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, at the time of the shootings. Dupnik described him as a "possible accomplice" Saturday.

The sheriff's department released a security camera photograph of the man early Sunday, seeking assistance in identifying him.

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Jan 10, 2011, 8:58 am
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I don’t understand why a cab driver would not have change. Has his till been checked?

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