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UPDATE: Authorities say gunman accused of shooting Congresswoman acted alone

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KWWL) - Arizona authorities say the gunman accused of shooting an Arizona congresswoman and killing six others acted alone.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says Sunday that there is no evidence that anybody besides 22-year-old suspect Jared Loughner was involved.

Authorities earlier cleared a suspected accomplice, a cab driver, of involvement.

Dupnik says the cab driver walked into the Tucson Safeway store with Loughner because the driver didn't have change for a $20. He says the shooting occurred just after the two exchanged money.

Loughner is charged with one count of attempted assassination of member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to killing a federal employee.

Heather Williams, the first assistant federal public defender in Arizona, says the 22-year-old suspect doesn't yet have a lawyer, but that her office is working to get a lawyer appointed for Loughner.

A 911 caller witnessing the mass shooting outside a grocery store in Tucson describes a frantic scene and says, "I do believe Gabby Giffords was hit."

In a tape of the call released Sunday by the Pima County Sheriff's Office, a person putting up a display for a pill bottling company was among the first to report the crime.

The caller says: "It's Giffords! There was a shooting at Safeway at Ina & Oracle where Gabrielle Giffords was. I do believe Gabby Giffords was hit. A guy had a semiautomatic pistol. He went in and just started firing and he ran."

The caller described the shooter as wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and a black sweater.

The call was one of nearly 20 calls to 911 about the shooting.

Giffords was last listed in critical condition following surgery.

Giffords had just begun her third term. The 40-year-old Democrat was re-elected in November, edging a tea party favorite. She was a member of the Arizona House and Senate before coming to Washington.

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