After an erratic night, Jared Lee Laugner, attended a Congressman on your Corner event at my local Safeway supermarket. Just after 10 AM he shot 19 people, six of whom died.
He killed a federal judge and a 10 yr old girl. He shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head.
Yesterday, transcripts of interviews with the Pima County Sheriff's Department and FBI investigators were released that painted a picture of a troubled young man and parents who knew, but didn't intervene at the level necessary to prevent the massacre.
Jared Lee Loughner's parents took away his shotgun and disabled his car nightly but didn't make sure he got a mental-health evaluation in the months before his Jan. 8, 2011, Tucson shooting rampage.
Pima Community College officials told Randy and Amy Loughner in early October 2010 that their son would need a mental-health clearance if he wanted to return to classes.
Loughner's parents have never given an interview or testified in court, so the documents represent the first glimpse into their thoughts and actions as his strange behavior escalated in the months before the shooting. The then-22-year-old lived with his parents.The articles are a compelling read.
"What Loughner's Parents knew:
Last hours Before Shooting:
Loughner's parents and acquaintances saw his decline but had trouble identifying it as mental illness or dealing with it, the reports suggest.Not sure how I feel about Jared Lee Loughner's parents. No parent wants to think their child is a mass murderer, and I don't walk in their shoes. They carry a heavy burden.