Some official documents about the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Loughner were kept sealed so as not jeopardize a fair trial. They show that many close to Loughner were disturbed by his behavior before the attack.
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In the two years and two months since Jared Lee Loughner shot former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing six other people and wounding 13 more in a 30-second burst of 32 rounds from his 9-millimeter pistol, much has been written – and speculated – about the young man now serving multiple life sentences for his admitted massacre.
That violent episode on a sunny street in a supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, Ariz., near Tucson, where a crowd of her constituents had come to meet Representative Giffords, also helped spur a new burst of political agitation for strengthening gun control measures.
On Wednesday morning, nearly 3,000 pages of new information about the shooting were released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office. They are sure to color the debate over guns as well how mentally ill persons with a tendency to disruptive behavior if not violence are treated – including whether they should have access to firearms.
The documents include everything from interviews with survivors and victims to police reports filed from the scene of the crime, providing new insight into how the shooting occurred and Mr. Loughner’s motives, the Associated Press reports.
Journalists are now poring over the documents, including reporters at the Arizona Republic newspaper who are live-blogging the information as they read through it. One example: