Loughner Evaded His Father Just Before Shooting

Jared Lee ran off as dad asked about his black bag
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2011 8:01 PM CST
Loughner Evaded His Father Just Before Shooting
The media is assembled in front of the home where alleged gunman Jared Loughner's parents live in Tucson.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – Investigators today revealed more disturbing details about the events leading up to the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, including a handwritten note in the suspect's home with the words "Die, bitch." On the day of the shooting, a mumbling Jared Lee Loughner ran into the desert near his home after his father asked him why he was removing a black bag from the trunk of a family car, sheriff's officials said. Loughner resurfaced later when authorities say he showed up at a grocery store in a taxi and carried out the rampage. The bag hasn't been located.

Authorities previously found handwritten notes in Loughner's safe reading "I planned ahead," "My assassination," and the name "Giffords." They told the AP they also found notes with the words "Die, bitch", which they believe referenced Giffords, and "Die, cops." All the writings were either in an envelope or on an actual form letter Giffords' office sent him in 2007 after he attended one of her political events. (Read more Jared Lee Loughner stories.)

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