Jared Lee Loughner is refusing to tell investigators anything
about a motive for the Tucson, Arizona, shooting, but he appears to
be a familiar character in American life: a disturbed outsider with
Jared Lee Loughner, the man charged in the Tucson, Arizona,
shooting spree that left six people dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
gravely wounded, appears to be the kind of person with which
Americans have become all too familiar in recent decades: the
disturbed outsider with grievances and a gun.
Mr. Loughner himself has made no comment on the reasons for his
alleged actions on Saturday, according to local law enforcement
officials. He has not said a word to investigators since being taken
into custody, said Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik in a
broadcast interview Monday.
But the emerging portrait of the 22-year-old suspect shows him as
someone whose grip on reality became increasingly tenuous in recent
years as he espoused wild philosophical beliefs and was expelled
from community college for bizarre behavior.
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"This individual is a very troubled individual, and he's a
typical troubled individual who's a loner," said Sheriff Dupnik on
ABC's "Good Morning America."
Loughner was scheduled to make his first court appearance on
Monday at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Officials said they were
still working to appoint an attorney to represent him. They said one
option is San Diego attorney Judy Clarke, who served on the teams
that defended Oklahoma City federal building bomber Timothy McVeigh
and "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski.
At this point little is known about Loughner's home life or
youth. He lives with his parents in a middle-class neighborhood in
southern Arizona. His mother, Amy Loughner, works for Tucson's Parks
Department. The employment history of his father Randy Loughner
The younger Loughner attended Mountain View High School in
Tucson. He began taking classes at Pima Community College in 2005,
according to a news release from the school.
In 2007, he apparently had contact with Representative Giffords.
According to court documents, he received a letter from her office
thanking him for attending a "Congress on Your Corner" event that
year. Giffords was holding a similar event on Saturday when she was
In 2010, Loughner's behavior at community college began to
attract the attention of the school's authorities. Between February
and September of last year he had five contacts with police for
classroom or library disruptions, according to a statement from the