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Hotline for Tucson shooting victims set up

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Hotline for Tucson shooting victims set up

A victim services hotline for those injured in the mass shooting in Tucson on Saturday has been set up by the U.S. Attorney's office.

The hotline is meant to ensure victims receive the assistance they are entitled to under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.

Victims and witnesses of the shooting may call 1-800-800-2570 to contact a U.S. Attorney's office advocate.

"We are doing everything we can to help the victims of this terrible shooting," said Dennis K. Burke, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. "Advocates have been on the ground in Tucson since midday Saturday working to help the victims and their families understand their rights, and get the help that they need."

"There is a still a long road ahead for those directly affected by Saturday's events, and we will be with them every step of the way," Burke said.

U.S. Attorney's office victim and witness advocates work directly with federal crime victims and their families so that they understand their rights under the Crime Victims' Rights Act and other federal statutes, and are able to participate in criminal proceedings pursuant to those rights.

Victim and witness advocates serve as liaisons between victims and their families and the federal criminal justice system.

Six were killed and 14 others were shot by a lone gunman at a constituent meet and greet event held by Giffords on Saturday morning, authorities said.

Accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner, 22, made an initial appearance in a Phoenix court Monday. Loughner faces five federal charges in the killings of U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman, a member of Giffords' staff; and attempting to kill Giffords and two other staffers: Ron Barber and Pamela Simon.

Giffords was the target of the shooting, authorities said.

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