TUCSON, AZ (RNN) - Jared Lee Loughner was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on one count of attempted assassination and two counts of attempted murder.
Loughner, 22, is accused of opening fire at a constituent meeting on Jan. 8 in Tucson, AZ, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
"Today, the Grand Jury returned an initial three-count indictment against Jared Lee Loughner in the Tucson shooting case," said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke in a news release. "We are in the early stages of this ongoing investigation. We have made considerable progress in a short period of time."
According to the indictment, Loughner attempted to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, and attempted to murder two federal employees, Ron Barber and Pamela Simon. Giffords was shot in the head and remains in serious condition in a nearby hospital.
"This case involves potential death-penalty charges, and the Department rules require us to pursue a deliberate and thorough process," Burke's statement said. "Today's charges are just the beginning of our legal action. We are working diligently to ensure that our investigation is thorough and that justice done for the victims and their families."
Loughner has been held in custody since the day of the shootings and made his initial court appearance Jan. 10. Under federal law, an indictment must be brought within 30 days of a defendant's arrest.
Loughner is set to appear in a Phoenix courtroom Monday, CNN reported.
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