Other photos show sheriff's deputies talking to people in the parking lot, the interior of the cab that Loughner took to the shopping center, the motel room where he stayed the night before the attack, and a motel record noting the time he checked in but also saying in a handwritten notation that the motel operators "don't know when he left."
Pam Simon, a former Giffords staffer who survived two gunshot wounds to her chest and wrist, hadn't seen the photos yet but wasn't avoiding them either.
For Simon, the release is a reminder of the magnitude of tragedy of gun violence. She said she has recognized the trauma it has created when talking to people who were working at the grocery store and nearby businesses.
"As far as I'm concerned, I don't have any burning desire to see them (the photos) right now, I don't feel any urgency," she said. "I've worked really hard at gathering at the puzzle pieces for myself. I feel like I see that day through the people I've talked to and the pictures I have seen, clearly enough."
Loughner's guilty plea allowed him to avoid the death penalty. He is serving his sentence at a federal prison medical facility in Springfield, Mo., where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and forcibly given psychotropic drug treatments to make him fit for trial.
Fonseca reported from Flagstaff, Ariz.
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