TUCSON, Ariz.—Accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner appeared to have been long obsessed with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
A safe at Mr. Loughner's home contained a form letter from Ms. Giffords' office thanking him for attending a 2007 "Congress on your Corner'' event in Tucson. The safe also held an envelope with handwritten notes, including the name of Ms. Giffords, as well as "I planned ahead," "My assassination," and what appeared to be Mr. Loughner's signature, according to an FBI affidavit.
Federal authorities charged Mr. Loughner on Sunday with two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and a count of attempting to kill a member of Congress, during a scheduled public appearance by Ms. Giffords here Saturday. More charges are expected, officials said, and Mr. Loughner, age 22, remains in federal custody. He will appear in federal court in Phoenix on Monday afternoon.
Mr. Loughner had complained to a friend about how he was treated by the Arizona lawmaker during an event several years ago, which aggravated Mr. Loughner, according to the friend.
"All he did was play video games and play music," said Tommy Marriotti, a high school friend. Mr. Marriotti said much of Mr. Loughner's free time was devoted to the school band. He wasn't especially political, Mr. Marriotti said, though he expressed frustration with the Bush Administration.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Simple Math For Simpletons ::: [Loughner] Fixated on Giffords (Starting in 2007 BPE... that's Before Palin Era, fools.)
I was really really sad thinking about the amped up rhetoric in the face of this terrible crime last night. Frankly, when the news of the shooting first came out, my thoughts were that it was either a narco-trafficking offshoot, or sudden jihad syndrome.
Sorry if my first thoughts following "enemy action" do not include my fellow Americans.
Read the rest here: Suspect Fixated on Giffords - WSJ.com
And, in case you don't realize that the Palin/Right-Wing/Tea Party nexus of blame is an actual Democrat planned canard, here... from Politico:
Posted by AnnaZ at 6:39 AM