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Authorities Release Photo of 'Person of Interest' in Tucson Shooting

Authorities Release Photo of 'Person of Interest' in Tucson Shooting

A suspected accomplice possibly involved in the Tuscon

Washington Post via YellowBrix

January 09, 2011

TUSCON – The man who allegedly shot Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others today in Arizona has been identified as 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.

Giffords, who was shot in the head but survived, was the target of the daytime attack with a semi-automatic handgun that killed six people, including federal judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl, and injured 13 others, police said. In the middle of the assault, police said two men tackled Loughner and forcibly subdued him until authorities arrived. Giffords’ director of community outreach, Gabe Zimmerman, was killed and two other members of Giffords’ staff were injured.

The FBI has joined the investigation into the shooting as authorities are poring over an online trail of bizarre, anti-government rants apparently left by Loughner. On a Myspace page in Loughner’s name, he said goodbye to friends just hours before the shooting and said, “Please don’t be mad at me… I cannot rest.”

Prima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who only identified the shooter as a 22-year-old white male, said the evidence online and information they’ve received from two schools that Loughner attended led him to believe the gunman was “unstable.”


This March 2010 photo shows a man identified as Jared L. Loughner at the 2010 Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Ariz.

“There’s reason to believe that this individual may have a mental issue,” Dupnik told reporters today. “I’m not a psychiatrist so I have no reason to believe the person was insane. Was he unstable? I would agree with that.”

Dupnik said the shooter had previous run-ins with the law and had threatened to kill someone before.

There had been “difficulties” at Pima Community College where Loughner attended, Dupnik said. One student, who had a poetry class with Loughner, said he would often act “wildly inappropriate.”

“One day he started making comments about terrorism and laughing about killing the baby,” classmate Don Coorough told ABC News, referring to a discussion about abortions. “The rest of us were looking at him in shock… I thought this young man was troubled.”

Another classmate, Lydian Ali, recalled the incident as well.

“A girl had written a poem about an abortion. It was very emotional and she was teary eyed and he said something about strapping a bomb to the fetus and making a baby bomber.”

  • Radio2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Such a horrible ordeal.. I hope they put the gunman away for a long, long time..

    May the victims have a full recovery. May the Congress woman recover.

    May the ones that were killed Rest in Peace and give the families some comfort as they deal with this..

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is horrific.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    This is truly a horrific crime in all senses. Top officials, government employees, innocent bystanders and expecially a 9 year old girl. This poor innocent child was born on 9/11/2001 through tragedy and was taken by tragedy. A sad sad state of affairs...

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thoughts and prayers for all of the victims of this senseless tragedy. Outstanding job by the citizens that took this sociopath down and held him till the police arrived.

  • Cert_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The Lone Nut Assasin strikes again.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims of the tragic event.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP for those that fell on this day. Deep thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace to all of the victims, and best wishes for the injured and the their families.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Lone Predator purchased the weapon in November. Prayers to the families and victims of the senseless carnage.

  • Img_3413_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    According to the FBI and Sheriffs Dept, the guy has been identified talked to and ruled out as having anuthing to do with this. It looks like he (the guy they arrested at the scene) acted alone.

  • Telecommunicator_rusch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Just from the little I've read about Jared Loughner he has been called unstable, he has to be to wield such carnage. My sympathy to the families of the victims who were killed and injured...

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