Jared Loughner Faces Judge in Court Monday: Will He Get Life?

Jared Loughner faces judge Monday
Jared Loughner faces judge Monday

Jared Loughner, whose shooting rampage in Arizona killed six people and injured 14 others, will make his first appearance in a federal court in Phoenix on Monday at 4 pm ET/2 pm MT.

Loughner, 22, is officially charged with a count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress; two counts of killing an employee of the federal government; and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee, with more charges expected on the way.

Gabrielle Giffords is believed to have been Loughner’s main target in the Saturday rampage outside a Tucson supermarket.

Giffords in currently in intensive care in a Tucson hospital.

Today, President Barack Obama will lead a moment of silence for the victims and their families on the South Lawn of The White House on Monday at 11 am EST.

“It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart,” Mr. Obama said in a statement on Sunday.

Loughner has been characterized as social outcast whose esoteric political beliefs put him on the fringe.  Neighbors say that Jared Loughner’s parents were  “loners who rarely spoke even to their immediate neighbors,” according to the Washington Post.

The victims of this horrific rampage are U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63; 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was born on 9/11, Giffords’ aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79.

Our condolences to the victims’ families.