Giffords Stabilizes As Suspect Goes To Court

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"(CNN)
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona remained in critical but stable condition in a Tucson hospital Monday as her alleged would-be assassin made his first appearance in court.

The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, briefly appeared in a Phoenix courtroom to formally hear the charges against him. A preliminary hearing was set for January 24.

""We are focused and we are determined to achieve justice,"" U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke said in a written statement.

Loughner is accused of opening fire outside a Tucson supermarket where Giffords was meeting with constituents Saturday. Six people were killed -- including a federal judge -- and 14 others were wounded in the shooting.

In addition to Giffords, seven other patients remained hospitalized, doctors at University Medical Center said. Five of the patients were in serious condition and two in good condition.

Two patients remain in intensive care, they noted. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, led the nation in a moment of silence Monday morning as flags across the country flew at half-staff to honor the victims. While the Supreme Court rarely alters its public sessions, it observed the occasion by convening 10 minutes early to ensure that first arguments were completed before the moment of silence.

""All of us are still grieving and in shock from the tragedy that took place,"" Obama said at the White House. The U.S. is ""pulling together as a country."""