Jan 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department announced on Sunday five separate criminal charges against Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner, including attempted assassination of a U.S. congresswoman.
It released details of the five counts filed in federal court in Phoenix, where Loughner is due to make his initial court appearance on Monday before a federal magistrate judge.
The department said Loughner is suspected of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. federal judge John Roll, Giffords' staff member Gabriel Zimmerman and about 16 others at a political event Giffords hosted on Saturday in Tucson.
Following are the details of each charge stemming from the shooting rampage:
Count 1 alleges Loughner attempted to assassinate Giffords, according to charges based on digital surveillance video of the event and other investigation by the FBI and law enforcement agencies. The Democratic lawmaker was seriously wounded in the attack, according to the court documents.
Count 2 alleges he killed Zimmerman, who was assisting Giffords while she was engaged in the performance of her official duties as a Congresswoman.
Count 3 alleges Loughner killed Roll. According to the court documents, Roll had worked with Giffords in the last few months on issues concerning the volume of cases
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