Tragic Arizona shooting leaves many questions

Tragic Arizona shooting leaves many questions

Julia Reyes, Staff Reporter

Recently tragedy struck in the town of Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, went on a rampage through a strip mall, killing six and wounding thirteen.

 Jared Lee Loughner was always known as an isolated and irregular person. Abnormal behavior was not new coming from Loughner. Fellow students at Tucson’s Pima Community College often described Loughner as “off the wall” and “unpredictable” with outbursts of random misbehavior.

 Loughner’s parents did not expect anything of this nature to come from him. According to Loughner’s parents even said , “We don’t know why this happened.”

No one really does know the exact reason for his killings and further research on the reasoning of this is ongoing. According to Loughner always had opinions about the government. This, some say, could relate to the reason one of his victims was U.S.Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Also he had erratic posts on the Internet and even made a small sort of altar in his backyard with candles and a replica of a human skull; there is no known reason why exactly.

 Many ask how could his parents have not known or expect anything that his fellow peers and teachers saw so apparently every day? And how could they have not known about any planning that did go on before the day of the shooting?

 U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in the rampage. Giffords’ staffer Gabe Zimmerman, 30, and U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63 were shot and killed. Dorwin Stoddard, 76, was also killed at the shooting. Dorwin Stoddard shielded his high school sweetheart Mavanell Stoddard from two bullets. Christina-Taylor Green, 9, died at the hospital shortly after the shooting occurred. Dorothy Morris, 76, was killed due to the shooting. Phyllis Schneck, 79, also died. And along with the killings, 13 more were wounded.

 Loughner was caught and arrested on the day of the shooting and his trials have been going on since. He is not only facing state but also federal charges. There is going to be much discussion on Loughner facing the death penalty in the state of Arizona too.

 For now Jared Lee Loughner is being held in Phoenix, Arizona without bail.