Despite Warning Signs, Loughners Never Called Police Before AZ Shooting


As Arizona shooter Jared Loughner spiraled into schizophrenia, talking to phantoms and plotting an assassination, his mother and father struggled to control and confront the mental illness, according to newly released investigative reports quoted by the Arizona Republic. In 2011, Loughner murdered six people and wounded 13, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Randy and Amy Loughner, have remained silent during the two years since while police, lawyers, psychologists, journalists, and the media attempted to comprehend the mayhem and motivations. Yesterday, the parents' story was publicly disclosed for the first time with the unsealing of 2,700 pages of investigative records by the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The Loughners said Jared was an “outcast” and a “loner” who had alienated his friends, had been fired from jobs, was rejected by the Army and expelled from college. There were so many problems with Jared's behavior that they restricted his vehicle privileges, hid his shotgun, urged him to get mental help and sought to take other precautions. Even on the day of the shooting, the Loughners were so suspicious of their son's behavior that they confronted him at the family home and chased him into the desert. Amid a plethora of red flags, they did not call police.

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