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Pistol used in Giffords shooting bought in Tucson

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Pistol used in Giffords shooting bought in Tucson

Alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner bought the gun used in Saturday's killings on Nov. 30 at the Sportsman's Warehouse, 3945 W. Costco Dr., a federal complaint filed Sunday said.

Loughner's purchase of a 9mm Glock Model 19 semi-automatic handgun was confirmed by store receipts and video, the complaint said.

FBI Director Robert Mueller confirmed the timing of the purchase at a morning news conference.

Loughner was not a prohibited possessor and the purchase was legal, Mueller said.

The complaint confirmed information from trusted sources about the purchase of the weapon, as reported earlier.

Loughner emptied a 31-round extended magazine as he fired into a group that included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and federal Judge John Roll Saturday morning, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said.

A woman prevented Loughner from reloading with another extended clip, Dupnik said.

Patricia Maisch was at the event, in the rear of the line, waiting to take a photograph with Rep. Giffords when the suspect began shooting, said Deputy Jason Ogan.

When the suspect tried to load a fresh magazine into his weapon, Maisch was able to grab the bottom of the magazine and prevent it from being inserted. This pause in shooting allowed for two men, Roger Salzgeber and Bill D. Badger, to tackle the suspect to the ground and restrain him until deputies arrived.

An additional male, Joseph Zamudio, also assisted in restraining the suspect's legs.

Six were killed and up to 20 were wounded in the shooting at a Safeway store on the Northwest Side of Tucson.

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