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January 11th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Were warning signs missed with Jared Lee Loughner?

Jared Lee Loughner is the accused gunman in this weekend's shooting in Tucson, Arizona that killed six and left 14 injured.

But the question remains, could this tragic attack have been prevented? As you have been hearing on American Morning, the warning signs were there. Teachers and students at Pima Community College, where Loughner attended class, reported erratic behavior including outbursts in class. Loughner was suspended from school and eventually withdrew. How can you tell if a person is a violent individual? How can you identify a problem before it happens? Dr. Jeff Gardere, a clinical psychologist and a contributor with HealthGuru.com, and Paul Callan, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, discuss with T.J. Holmes.


Filed under: Arizona • Crime
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. harry p

    yes i aggree. if someone starts doing stuff like blurting random comments about the end of the world in a math class, well that would really indicate mental illness. the collage wasnt sufficent in expelling him. they should have used their legal rigth to submit a referal to a mental health doctor

    January 11, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  2. RTfromIL

    This question was not answered: What can I do to force a co-worker to be evaluated for a personality disorder?

    I work with someone that every single one of our co-workers has made the statement "Don't want to be here when he comes in firing!" His behavior has been reported repeatedly to management and management, as well as a VP, has witnessed some of his behavior. They all make excuses for him.

    January 11, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  3. John Bennett

    Of course it could have been avoided. Next time you see, hear, believe something, contact someone! Remind yourself what the people in this case who were in that position must be going through. AND don't be wushu-washy about it. As I advise my students, you have a right (here I'd use obligation) to an explanation that makes sense; keep going "higher" until you do!

    Yes, the community college did throw him out of class; not sufficient. Yes, one store did refuse to sell him ammunition; another didn't – not sufficient.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:47 am |