Arizona shooting update: Jared Lee Loughner a left wing pot head?
Much has been made here in the San Francisco Bay Area of the supposed politcal leanings of the Arizona shooting suspect, Jared Lee Loughner. A vigil was held in the Castro Sunday night in memorial the victims and to denounce the violence. Many suggested that the right wing and Sarah Palin were in large part to blame for the violence. It has been widely reported that Palin’s PAC used a map with target sights on it to illustrate the politicians that it was targeting to unseat. Congresswoman Gabriele “Gabby” Giffords was on that list. The Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik suggested that hate speech and intolerance from the right may be to blame for the shooting.
But a new report from the Phoenix New TImes, suggests that Loughner was no Sarah Palin fan. In fact, a former classmate described Loughner as a “left-wing pothead.” The paper says it verified that the two did indeed go to school together. The paper has been unable, so far, to get a hold of the classmate, Caitie Parker, but it quotes from her e-mails.
If Jared Lee Loughner was really left-wing politically, why would he target Giffords, someone who was singled out by Palin’s PAC for ouster?
Parker says that Loughner went downhill after an alcohol poisoning episode and she also said he was obsessed with the 2012 Mayan end of the world prophesy. If what the former classmate says is correct, Loughner either targeted Giffords because she wasn’t left-wing enough or perhaps he did a political 180 since she last saw him in 2007. Other experts have suggested that Loughner’s actions are simply the result of the delusions he suffered as a result of mental illness.
Jared Lee Loughner’s YouTube ramblings
Suspect Jared Lee Loughner’s YouTube page contained anti-government ramblings. Police found other evidence in his home indicating what was almost immediately apparent, that he had targeted Giffords. Click here to view his YouTube video.
Click here to view a slideshow of the shooting scene at a Safeway store in Tucson, Arizona.
Memorial vigil video
Raw video is on the left of a growing memorial for the Tucson, Arizona mass shooting.
Arizona shooting caught on tape, surveillance video recorded Tucson massacre
Click here for information about the shooting captured on video surveillance cameras, presumably by the Safeway grocery store. Congresswoman Giffords’ constituents event was held in front of the store.