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Topic - Randy Loughner
The man who went on a shooting spree in 2011 in Arizona, killing 6 and wounding several — including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — was a past drug user who was polite and cooperative after his arrest, newly released court documents show.
Randy Loughner was always reclusive, but since his son's alleged shooting rampage last month, the father has shut himself behind what one neighbor calls "an elaborate cage."
He wandered through the dark streets of his hometown, meandering from one store to another on a furious all-night excursion as he prepared what authorities say were the final steps in taking revenge on a world from which he'd become progressively alienated.
A wildlife officer pulled over the suspect in the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords less than three hours before the shooting, authorities said Wednesday as they pieced together more details of a frenzied morning.
The parents of a man charged with trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are devastated and guilt-ridden, a neighbor said, mourning their own tragedy as Tucson residents prepared Tuesday for a community memorial service and a visit from the president.
The condition of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, was described as "holding her own" Tuesday, three days after she was shot in the head at point-blank range during an apparent assassination attempt that left six people dead.
"I tried to talk to him," Randy Loughner said of his son, AP reported. "But you can't, he wouldn't let you. ... Lost, lost, and just didn't want to communicate with me no more."
He told deputies he had caught a reporter in his back yard with a camera and had chased her away.