Tucson shooting records shed light on 2011 rampage

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by Kristine Harrington

azfamily.com

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 11:39 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nearly 3,000 pages of witness accounts and police reports from the Tucson shooting have been made public for the first time since the 2011 tragedy. 

The documents outline gunman Jared Loughner's breakdown before he opened fire at a political event, killing six and injuring 13.

Loughner was never diagnosed with a mental illness but according to police records, his parents were concerned.

His mother, Amy Loughner, made several comments about her son's behavior to investigators:

"He's kind of a loner."
"His behavior is, um been not normal."
"He kind of like, talked to himself.  We'd hear him having conversations with himself."
"He was like he, he was making all kinds of noises."

Jared's father, Randy, recalled the night campus police came to his house and told him that his son had been suspended for filming a video they considered alarming.

"That totally sent him over I think," said Randy. "They suggested that if I had any firearms, to take them away. "

His mom said they took away his video camera and, "he had a shotgun that we took away from him."

Clearly school officials were worried about Jared and so were his parents.

His dad told investigators Jared could use the car during the day to find a job but wasn’t allowed to use it at night.

"I made it so he couldn't take the car," explained Randy.

The morning of the shooting Jared took a black bag from the trunk of his Nova.

His mom told investigators she, "wanted to talk to him about what was in the backpack, then he ran out the door."

Jared's dad chased after him but couldn't catch him, so his mother Amy searched for him at Wal-Mart, Costco and Sunflower mall, Randy told police.

"He used to keep journals all the time," said Amy.

Journals his parents tried to read but couldn't understand.

"It's like his own script or something," said Randy.

Police asked if Jared ever told them what he planned to do. Randy said no.

He added that Jared thought, "They're out to get him … I didn't want anything to happen to him. But I tried to talk to him. But you can't."

Jared Loughner was just one of many who showed up to Gabrielle Gifford’s Congress on Your Corner event that fateful Saturday.

Intern Alex Villec says Loughner asked to speak with the congresswoman and he told him it would be 15 to 20 minutes and to get in line.

 "He was a little standoffish, kind of defensive, didn't seem to care what I had to say," said Villec.

"I asked him, are you here to see the Congresswoman, he just grabbed the clipboard," said intern Daniel Hernandez, who also spoke to Loughner.

Moments later shots rang out.

"It was about 10 to 15 shots," Villec said.  "The guy's objective was pretty unambiguous, he was, he was going for the congresswoman. His motive was clearly more than political, this was something else."

Hernandez ran to Giffords.

"She was still alert. She couldn't open her eyes. It looked like her left side was the only side that was still mobile. She couldn't speak. Her right side was completely limp. She was squeezing my hand," said Hernandez.

Hernandez stayed with Giffords applying pressure to her wound and rode with her to the hospital.

Jared Loughner was apprehended at the scene.

Hours later investigators were questioning his parents.

Randy Loughner mentioned Jared being kicked out of Pima Community College.

He said Jared felt like he was being harassed.

"He's always pissed at the pigs, is what he said… they are out to get him."

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