It seems Loughner was stopped for running a red light just a few hours before he opened fire at the shopping center.
Another interesting tidbit is this quote from Sheriff Dupnik:Loughner was stopped at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday by an Arizona Game and Fish Department officer, according to a statement released by the department. He was given a "verbal warning" and released.
Dupnik could have gotten a court order that Loughner was a danger to himself or others, preventing him from legally buying a gun. He didn't.On Saturday, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said, "There have been law enforcement contacts with individuals where he made threats...to kill."
and a friend of Loughner claims that he had no interest in news or politics, and in fact never watched any television or listened to political radio. Guess that will be the final nail in the coffin to that absurd claim by many on the left, at least the honest ones.
Tucson Shooting: Jared Loughner Stopped By Authorities Hours Before Shooting - ABC NewsA high school friend of the 22-year-old Loughner remembers a man starkly different from the unstable man who appears to have a sinister smile in his mug shot.
According to Zach Osler, Loughner wasn't even politically-minded.
"He did not watch TV, he disliked the news," Osler said. "He didn't listen to political radio, he didn't take sides, he wasn't on the left, he wasn't on the right."