Sheriff: Suspect 'specifically targeted the congresswoman'
Officials work the scene at the Safeway where suspsect Jared Lee Loughner is accused of opening fire on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gi
January 10th, 2011
07:57 AM ET

Sheriff: Suspect 'specifically targeted the congresswoman'

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told CNN's Kiran Chetry that his department has documents and eyewitnesses that show Jared Lee Loughner was a very troubled individual.

Dupnik people who have troubled personalities are very susceptible to the kind of anger that may have led to the shooting. He spoke to CNN about the evidence they have in this case so far and why he believes Loughner "specifically targeted" U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords.

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  1. Ttommy

    The sheriff crossed the line by inciting anger and potentially more violence in our country over unproven facts. He made his assessment of what the killer's motives and affiliations were without a shred of evidence. If he wants to voice his beliefs OUT of the public spotlight, that's his right. But as a public official he should tell us what the facts are, what we need to know, and keep his personal political opinions to himself. I'm betting he'll be looking for a new job when his term is up anyway, but this shows his immaturity, and in my opinion, his inability to carry out the duties of his office fairly.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mondo

      Thanks for your objective opinion Ttommy. I wish more posts were like this.

      January 11, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. onlyslightlyamused

    @Ttommy. How is what you say the sherriff did different from what people are now saying Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity etc are doing?

    January 11, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. GTM

    Why should Sarah Palin be blamed? Tell me, if you tell someone to go jump off a bridge and that person does it, are you then held accountable for that person's actions? What if you tell someone to go wreck their car, walk into a busy street etc. The simple fact of the matter is that no one can make you do something unless you are willing to do it. It matters not where he got the stupid idea from, what matters is that he did it and solely responsible for his own actions.

    When will people start accepting personal responsibility again?

    “I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” -Robert A. Heinlein

    January 11, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. DfromC

    This was a heinous act of one man! He deserves the death penalty more than any other coward/criminal before him; no matter what people think of his mental condition, he chose to do this & commited the crime & should pay the cost! No one should be able to get away with any crime, let a lone a crime of this nature because others think their crazy; it was a crazy act but letting people get away with crimes is BS! He knew what he was doing & if not for the hero's who stopped him he would've killed & hurt more people! So many thanks to them for standing up in the face of danger! "We the people" used to mean a lot to the people of this great country! To be honest I get tired of all the political adds, bs & everyone throwing mud; blaming others for what's wrong with our country. I would love to see a politican or all of them. Who instead of pointing out a problem & screaming its this or that ones fault & saying we need change, actually to have a plan to fix the problems & scream aloud about solutions instead of all the negative bs that happens during elections & sad times like this! I wish all the surviving victims a speedy & hopefully a full recovery & justice for all of them! So I beg politicans to stop the blame game & start working as a team for our country & its people like our fore fathers did!

    January 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
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