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. Peace

    They didn't know their son was schizophrenic??? What kind of parents are they?

    January 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grace

      NO ONE knows what's wrong with the shooter. Everyone is just speculating.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Sorry, but this young man is an adult. If he refuses to get help, there isn't much the parents can do. A parent cannot even make an adolescent accept help if they do not want it. They can drag the kid to counseling but they cannot make him work a program that will help him if he does'nt want to. I feel sorry for the parents and hope and pray they have the strength to get thru this.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • val

      @VIMIIS, yes, I just posted the same sentiment...if the person is a minor, then the parents CAN do something...but over 18, you cannot force someone to go to counselling (unless there is a court order).

      January 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mellymel

      He was an adult still living at home. He was taking a lot and not contributing jack! His parents had the responsibility to set boundaries with him. Refusal to get mental health care should have meant no more goodies: internet/cable, skulls, pot, snacks, soda, clothes, . . . See how fast Jared would have come around to treatment then.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. c.i.a.

    next time put a condom.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    ahh, Don't forget that he refused to cooperate with the school's request for an eval... A person can not be forced to comply with mental health treatment unless he is 302'd... not easily accomplished

    January 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mellymel

      But the parents could have taken away all goodies he had, until he received treatment. He was benefiting from their housing, apparently internet/cable, food, clothes, and who knows what else. Any other adult child living with their parents is expected to be a responsible/contributing member of the family. Jared set up SKULL garden in the backyard, wasted money on an algebra class, and wasn't taking responsibility for his mental health issues. He didn't work. Was there a money tree in the backyard? to pay for his dope, the glock, his hitler books, cable tv, and internet. Parents of MI kids or normal kids have the responsibility to set boundaries with adult children living at home.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. badenglish

    sweet typos, CNN.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jon doe

    im a canadian. we dont have handguns on our store shelves, thus there r very little murder rates in our country, probably due to this fact, thats not rocket science. you make it hard for them to get the guns, then they wont have them to shoot each other with. simple fact.never mind if the gunlaws need changing, maybe you should b looking more at the stability of the people they r sold to. i do believe that everyone has the right to protect themselves in anyway possible, but really... do you see canadians hunting with handguns? lol , no. thats because they are for one use only... to kill each other , plain and simple.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gigi

    There is only so much you can do for someone with mental issues. Sometimes the full extent of their issues are not made aware to family as they may conceal them in an effort to please their family members. It's also easy to look past what is going on, downplaying it and such because you love them and don't want to think about how they are capable of doing something like this. Vilifying the family will not bring back the victims, but if this opens other's eyes to people that are in their life that is having the same issues then that would be a great outcome.

    It would also be nice if we started having serious conversations about gun laws and mental health.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. swimmom

    As a legal adult he would have had to willingly go through a psychiatric assessment and accept psychiatric treatment. If he was prescribed meds he would have had to be compliant and take them. If he was a danger to self or others (he would have had to make a specific threat not just be "creepy and scary") he could have been held for 72 hours and then assessed further. Very often patients don't meet involuntary criteria and discharge themselves before they are properly medicated and stabilized. I'm not saying the parents shouldn't have tried to help him (and we don't know for sure they didn't) but under current laws there really is only so much they could do.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. carlie

    People need to understand that's its very difficult to get medical assistance for mentally disturbed people. The resources are limited and some insurance companies won't cover the necessary treatments. Also,children can be deceptive. Often parents aren't aware of a child suffering until it is to late. If you don't believe me, ask a parent of a child that has committed suicide.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Common Sense

    Too much blame-gaming from this whole tragedy. . . .

    Guns? Parents? Politicians? Talking heads? Lax security?

    Hindsight really is 20/20.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MarkFromTexas

    Chose not Chise. Sorry about that autotext typo. It's Apple's fault.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Grace

    My heart goes out to these parents...I can't imagine what they must be going through, and how the actions of their son have now scarred them for life.

    Only the very naive, egotistical or ignorant would believe that all parents are responsible for the actions of their adult children.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AZ Resident

    The discussion on here is unbelievable. We ALL know someone who is "odd", "weird", "antisocial", "a freak", "off" whatever. These people are our family members, friends, co workers, people we wish we didn't know, and people we see around town. Speaking for my self, and probably a lot of you, I have said "Wow, So-and-So is really off. Wouldn't surprise me if they went off the deep end." NEVER in a million years do I actually THINK these people would act on their weird behavior, and never have I reported them to anyone. I would like to think that if I truly thought someone was a danger to society I would "report" them...but to who and for what? Being weird? I think not.

    The family of Laughner is not the only one who could have reported his behavior and yet NO ONE DID. NO ONE other than the shooter is to blame, unless we all are.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      That is untrue. A community college professor and a fellow student of his "reported" him. He was banned from the college until he received a mental health evaluation.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Madison Dad

    To bad I wasn't there. I'd have taken his gun, loaded it with the second magazine, ground the barrel into the bridge of his nose and said "Your turn!"

    January 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • AZ Resident

      Really? And be a murder just like him? An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

      I'm glad he didn't die at the scene. Now he as to answer for what he did.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lys

    The parents absolutely have culpability. They ignored every sign and warning. They ignored the pleas of educators. They ignored the tent and skeleton head alter he put together in their backyard! Their kid was arrested twice before. That is serious, no matter what the reason. Most of us never get arrested. They needed to step up and parent and obviously, they never did. Granted, they sound like weirdos too and functioning alcoholics with their 30 cans/case of beer runs. The parents do not get let off the hook at all. They suck and I wish they could get arrested too.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • enid

      right on.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
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