A Walgreens in Tuscon, Ariz. turned over to police racy photos of gunman Jared Loughner with a Glock and a G-string that were taken to the store to be developed the night before the shooting rampage that left six people dead and 14 wounded.
The Pima County Sherriff's Office confirmed to ABC News they had received the photographs from the store and turned them over to the FBI.
The photos, presumably shot in a mirror, show Loughner, 22, posing with the same make of gun he allegedly used in the Jan. 8 shooting. In the photos he holds the pistol against his crotch and buttocks while wearing a bright red thong, sources told ABC News.
The sheriff's office yesterday released a comprehensive timeline of the shooter's activities leading up to the rampage. Loughner dropped a roll of 35mm film off at Walgreens to be developed last Friday night.
Police also revealed Friday that Loughner had posted a message that read "Goodbye friends" about six hours before the shooting.
Loughner is accused of opening fire on a crowd outside a Tucson supermarket last Saturday. Among the victims in the shooting were critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He also killed a federal toda and a 9-year-old girl.
Giffords was rushed to a hospital, where she remained in critical but stable condition and is expected to make a recovery. Doctors say they may remove her breathing tube over the next few days.
"We're confident she's making some progress now," said Dr. Michael Lemole Jr., chief of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center, said yesterday at a news conference.
Lemole said that Giffords, who was shot in the head during a shooting rampage Saturday, is opening her eyes more frequently and is beginning to "carry out more complex sequence of events and activity" both when prompted and on her own volition.
"We're encouraged she continues to make all the right moves in the right direction," said Lemole. "We couldn't have hoped for any better improvement."
Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, echoed the doctor's assessment. In a tweet, Kelly wrote, "GG has been improving each day."
Earlier this week Lemole went as far as to call Giffords' recovery miraculous.
"Miracles happen every day and, as much as we would like to attribute them to what we do or what others do around us, a lot of medicine is out of our control and we are wise to acknowledge miracles," he said.
The removal of Giffords' breathing tube, when it happens, will be "the next major milestone" for the congresswoman, according to her doctors.
As Giffords' condition continues to improve, her husband Mark Kelly, who has been at her bedside since Saturday's shooting, left briefly Thursday to attend the funeral of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.
Green was the youngest victim of the Tucson shooting spree, and had attended Giffords' event to ask the congresswoman questions about the political process. Her funeral was the first of the six shooting victims.
Arizona dignitaries, family and friends were among the nearly 2,000 people who turned up for the funeral, many not much older than Christina-Taylor herself. The turnout was so big that many had to stand outside the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.