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January 8th shooter used as a case study

Posted at 10:19 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 00:19:12-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The U.S. Secret Service has released a new report in which it is using Jared Loughner as a case study to help prevent future acts of violence.

On January 8, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at an event hosted by then Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. She lived, but six people died and 12 others were hurt.

Now, we learn that the federal government has studied Loughner's pre-massacre actions as a way to prevent other mass shootings.

A video made by Loughner at Pima College could have been considered a red flag.

In this new report, the government also included an outline of red flags:

  • Summer 2005: Before the start of his junior year in high school, Loughner begins drinking and using drugs.
  • In early 2008: He begins to exhibit signs of mental illness such as hearing voices and communicating bizarre ideas.
  • August- October 2010: He posts statements on his MySpace page that indicate he may have been contemplating suicide.
  • December 24, 2010: He purchases a 6-inch bladed knife and holster.
  • Prior to the January 8th shooting, in late December 2010, he visits friends and shows htem a gun and bullets.