Family of accused Arizona shooter expresses sorrow over 'heinous' events
January 11th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Family of accused Arizona shooter expresses sorrow over 'heinous' events

The family of Jared Lee Loughner issued a statement Tuesday regarding Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona.

"There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened," the family said in statement handed to members of the media keeping watch outside the family's Tucson home.

"It may not make any difference but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday. We care very deeply about the victims and their families we are so very sorry for their loss."

Loughner, 22, is accused of opening fire Saturday morning at an constituents meeting held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside a Tucson Safeway.

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  1. Raymona

    Here we have a classic example of a self-admittant and premeditated evil terrorist assailant - the likes of Tim McVeigh - with this senseless killings of innocent bystanders. "Thanks" to the reinforcement of constantly igniting evil instigations in malicious toxic rhetorics esp.from Palin along with those Right Wing gun totting jerks!! Wonder how they can sleep at night now, when they were/are responsible in exacerbating the final straw to kill by that evil terrorist?? ...
    And we all assumed terrorists amongt us originate from those of middle-eastern descent??
    When out of nowhere at any time, a disgruntled ex-worker, or sicko individual/s can come face to face with merciless evil random killings!! Simply put, we can never be too careful who we hire, who our neighbors are or even a family member, whose fuse blew and enraged go out to kill the innocents!!

    January 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kay

    The facts is you cannot legally get anyone involuntarily committed without proving they are a danger to themselves or to others. The only way you do that is by getting someone to see two psychiatrists and them attesting that legally. Getting someone who is this mentally ill to go see a doctor, short of knocking them out and dragging them there (illegal), is very difficult because they never believe they are ill. The most common way a person is committed and forced to get psychiatric treatment is if they actually hurt or threaten someone or themselves. Pretty crazy system we have. It shouldn't be that difficult, but it is.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Freese42

    Whenever I see that killers face, with his smirk, I wanna tie him to a tree and skin him alive.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • P. K.


      Howsa 'bout a bullet in his head instead?

      (I waxed 'poetic'...)

      January 12, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. big AL

    @AG. He got the gun legally per CNN. His family, friends and people that had reasons to believe he was mentally ill and WOULD DO HARM, should have been PROACTIVE instead of "oh no It's not my problem"!

    January 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CommonSense

    Why can't they teach children in public schools the main book that society runs on: The Criminal Code.
    I know religious people want the bible and the commandments back in school. We only need to teach them the civil code and criminal code so maybe it can sink into their minds what is right and wrong. Start at 8 years old and forget the health care class.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Why did the school system do absolutely nothing about this guy? It should have been patently clear to anyone who read what this guy was writing, anyone with common sense that is, that something was terribly wrong with this young person. Once again the school authorities have failed to keep society safe from harm.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rod

    Kid these days need to learn to vent; work out, smoke some weed, pursue a something. Just tune out the gov't and all is better. 🙂

    January 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • P. K.


      He did.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Les

    The guy is an obvious psychopath. Not all psychopaths commit these crimes even ones that say they are going to kill themselves or hurt others. The hard truth is that there is no way our society can control such events. Mental illness such as Schizophrenia often do not manifest itself until a person is an adult. Don't blame the family. It's not that easy and it doesn't solve anything. Many people posting comments are being hateful which I find very ironic.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name

    Why is it when a white person shoots up ppl its determine "they have mental issues" what if it was a black? Mexican? Would as well say they have mental issues???

    January 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaltoPaul

      Sure ... make this about race. If you had read the stuff this guy posted on Youtube, you would not be questioning why anyone here thinks he suffers from mental illness.

      That doesn't excuse his conduct. There are plenty of indications he knew what he was doing was wrong. He pled the 5th when they took him in, for example.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. big AL

    @Cog in the wheel. Don't you understand criminals don't follow the law only law abiding citizens. Criminals have more rights than the victims. I went to France in 87 and in two weeks I saw two police officers the whole time. Do you understand why? It's the criminals that pay and the LAWS ARE ENFORCED! Got it? Here in the US, get a lawyer that has an in and gets you out but it will cost you. "There's law but no justice" a quote from an attorney!

    January 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. F Van Devender

    The Westboro group cry of free speech reminds me of an old the saying tha t" your rights end where my nose begins". The victims famililies also have rights to belive what they want to believe and to be left alone. Attacks by members of this deranged group could be thought of as hate speech, which I believe could be breaking fedral law. Maby the FBI should investigate.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anthony sharp

    This is all Barack NOBAMAS fault. Ever since he said "if u attack us with a knife we will attack u with a gun". He's an idiot in a suit

    January 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Snodgrass

    If you haven't experienced it in your own family, you can't know the devastation and sometimes sudden onset of paranoid schizophrenia. Age of onset is usually early 20's, commonly occurs among college students under pressure of final exams. The warning signs prior to full-blown onset include a distinct "pro-dromal" phase that includes depression, social withdrawl, and neglect of personal hygiene. Sometimes warnings are more protracted, starting as early as age 16. Some characteristics are disorganized thought, "loose" connections in logic, thought-broadcasting, and thought insertion (the sense that someone or something is controlling your mind). Also, pts report "command insertion," the belief that an outward force is giving orders to the pt – sometimes suicide or homicide. The pt fervently believes these delusions are true, often believes iconoclastic, authoritarian figures are involved i.e.Jesus, the devil, parental or political figures. Only about 10% are violent, but often pts are ID'd only after full onset. Even if this young man is proven to have the disorder, his chances of insanity defense are nearly zero.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anthony sharp

    This is all Barack nobama's fault. He once said "u attack us with a knife we wil attack u with a gun". He's an idiot in a suit

    January 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. meggan

    The conclusions the everyone is coming to regarding his mental health quite entertaining. Honestly there is no way to tell what illness he has without a thorough assessment. I see people matter-of-factly blurting out "Schizophrenia" and "Bi-polar" etc... The majority of people with these particular illnesses are NOT violent. (Although, his pervasive anti-social behavior sounds more like an AXIS II disorder...)
    Regardless, this is a tragedy. Let us not make it worse by adding to the stigma that people with mental illness face.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
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