A friend of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner tells Mother Jones Loughner had a long-standing beef with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, believing she was a “fake,” and that one of his motivations may have been to create “chaos.”
In the friend’s words, “he wanted the media to freak out about this whole thing. He wanted exactly what’s happening.”
In an exclusive interview with MoJo‘s Nick Baumann, the friend, Bryce Tierney, describes what he believes were the roots of his obsession with Giffords–a visit to another community meeting and a question Loughner believed wasn’t answered:
Giffords’ answer, whatever it was, didn’t satisfy Loughner. “He said, ‘Can you believe it, they wouldn’t answer my question,’ and I told him, ‘Dude, no one’s going to answer that,'” Tierney recalls. “Ever since that, he thought she was fake, he had something against her.”
As for what could drive a person like Loughner to kill six and injure fourteen, Tierney tells Baumann the only answer he has is Loughner’s desire to create “chaos,” comparing the suspect to the character of The Joker in the most recent Batman film–a person who just wants to burn things to see them destroyed.
I think the reason he did it was mainly to just promote chaos. He wanted the media to freak out about this whole thing. He wanted exactly what’s happening. He wants all of that.
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