Jared Loughner Posed With a Glock and a G-String

Before rampage, gunman sought to develop racy pictures

January 15, 2011, 9:16 AM

Jan. 15, 2011 — -- 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."

Gabrielle Giffords' Recovery Amazes Her Doctors

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.

An American flag salvaged from the 9/11 Ground Zero, a symbol of hope in the midst of destruction, was displayed at the little girl's ceremony. Christina-Taylor was born on 9/11, and had used her birthdate as a source of inspiration during her short life.

"Her time to be born was Sept. 11, 2001," said Bishop Gerald Kicanas at the service. "Her time to die was the tragic day, Jan. 8, 2011, just nine years old she was. But she has found her dwelling place in God's mansion. She went home."

The service for slain federal judge John Noll was held yesterday at the same church. News organizations were barred from the event, according to The Associated Press.

Of the 19 people shot outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, 76-year-old Dorwan Stoddard was one of the six who died. But his story was one of courage: he sacrified his life to save his wife.

"He fell on top of me to save my life because that's who he was," Mavy Stoddard said.

Stoddard said she believes she would be dead if her husband of 15 years had not shielded her.

"I somehow got up from under him and sat down flat on the concrete and held his head on my lap and talked to him," Stoddard said. "First telling him to hang in there, the ambulance was coming. But with that type of injury, its probably better he didn't. I didn't realize I was shot until we got to Northwest Hospital."

Mavy Stoddard was hit five times in her legs but she has recovered well.

No Hatred for Suspect

The couple had met when they were much younger, in middle school.

"He was in my class in sixth-grade, and he was my boyfriend," Stoddard said. "I was the first girl he ever kissed. He had to improve for 50 years in order to get me."

When they were 13, Dorwan Stoddard moved away and their romance was put on hold. They both married other people, but each of their spouses died around the same time and that's when they decided to rekindle their love.

"I wouldn't kiss him because I didn't want to get married and I knew he wanted a wife," she said. "Finally, one day he put a TV cabinet together for me, and I felt I owed him a real kiss."

Their love was like a fairy tale, until last weekend.

The couple gathered with the rest of their community at the "Congress on Your Corner" event Saturday morning and were caught in the shooting rampage.

Stoddard says she has surrounded herself with friends and family in an attempt to move on with her life.

"I'm feeling well," she said. "I'm hurting a little bit, but mainly I'm good. I'll get through this. He gave his life for me, I have to live mine for him and make something more of it."

She said her husband leaves behind an example of heroism that she will now try and live up to.

"I don't give hate to this young man," she said of the shooting suspect. "He ruined a lot of lives but also ruined his own, and I feel sad and sorry for him."

ABC News' Susan Donaldson James and Bradley Blackburn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.