Jared Loughner (PICTURES): Portrait of the Arizona Shooting Suspect
PHOENIX (CBS/AP) New pictures have surfaced of Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson, Arizona shooting rampage that left six dead.
Loughner has been described as a social outcast with wild beliefs stepped in mistrust. A former friend of Loughner's told CBS' The Early Show that Loughner wasn't political, but he was increasingly frustrated with government.
Loughner is accused of killing six people on Saturday and injuring 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
At an event roughly three years ago, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took a
question from Jared Loughner, the man accused of trying to assassinate
her and killing six other people. According to two of his high school
friends the question was essentially this: "What is government if words
have no meaning?"
Loughner was angry about her response - she read the question and didn't have much to say.
"He was like ... 'What do you think of these people who are working
for the government and they can't describe what they do?"' a friend who asked to remain anonymous
told The Associated Press on Sunday. "He did not like government
officials, how they spoke. Like they were just trying to cover up some
"If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem," the 22-year-old wrote Dec. 15 in a wide-ranging screed that was posted in video form and ended with nearly the same question his friends said he posed to Giffords: "What's government if words don't have meaning?"
Loughner lives with his parents about a five-minute drive from the shootings, in a middle-class neighborhood lined with desert landscaping and palm trees. Neighbors said Loughner kept to himself and was often seen walking his dog, almost always wearing a hooded sweat shirt and listening to his iPod.
Loughner is charged with one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. More charges are expected.
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