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No Loughner threats reported before shooting, says Sheriff's Dep't

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No Loughner threats reported before shooting, says Sheriff's Dep't

No threats made by accused mass shooter Jared Lee Loughner before Saturday's shooting were reported to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Prior to the shooting that left 6 dead and 13 wounded, the department was not aware of any threats made to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, any other government official, or to any member of the public, said Deputy Jason Ogan.

The department didn't know about the "Congress On Your Corner" event, and was not asked to provide security for it, he said.

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was referring to information developed after the shooting when he referenced threats made by Loughner, Ogan said.

"The threats were general in nature, none of which were directed at any specific person, and none were reported to the department," he said.

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.

Additional state charges are likely in the shootings of the other victims, authorities said.

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