World Bulletin / News Desk
The Tucson gunman who killed six people and severely wounded Gabrielle Giffordshas labeled himself a failure because the former Arizona Congress woman survived his rampage, according to a prison psychologist's report released on Thursday.
The report's release comes two days after Jared Loughner, 23, in a deal that will spare him the death penalty, pleaded guilty to six murders and other charges stemming from his January 2011 shooting spree at a Tucson supermarket.
Psychologist Christina Pietz, who evaluated Loughner at a federal prison hospital in Missouri, said in the report that Loughner had repeatedly made comments suggesting he thought Giffords died when he shot her in the head.
At one time, he suggested he understood that Giffords was alive, according to Pietz, who wrote that she pressed him on that point, and he admitted to feeling disappointed in her survival because it meant he "failed."
"I'm not an assassin," Pietz's report quoted Loughner, a community college dropout, as saying.
Later on in the interview, he told Pietz: "Jared Loughner failed again. He's a failure. So all of this would be for nothing."
Giffords, then a U.S. lawmaker from Arizona who was seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, was meeting constituents at a Tucson supermarket on Jan. 8 last year when she was shot at close range.
She survived with severe injuries that left her with broken speech and a marked limp. Six other people were killed including U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green and 12 others were wounded.
In January, the Democrat resigned from Congress to focus on her recovery, which has inspired many Americans, and later turned to supporting her former aide Ron Barber in his successful campaign to win her seat.
A representative for Giffords and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who have said they were satisfied with the plea arrangement, could not be reached for comment on the details in the report on Loughner, dated April 24.
Pietz wrote in her report that, after making statements suggesting he knew Giffords was alive, he reversed himself and insisted she was dead. Pietz added that he may hold onto that belief to avoid feeling like a failure.
"In my opinion, Mr. Loughner maintains this belief to vindicate himself and not because he is delusional," she wrote in the report, which described Loughner's behavior in the three months to late April 2012.
Pietz said in court on Tuesday in a mental status hearing in which Loughner was found mentally competent to stand trial, that in July he had expressed remorse for the shooting and especially for Green's death.
Loughner, who court appointed psychologists say has suffered from schizophrenia and depression, had been determined unfit to stand trial in May 2011 after he disrupted court proceedings.
His plea deal, which came moments after he was found mentally competent, calls for him to be sentenced to seven consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole. A sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 15.
According to senator from Crimea in Federal Council, the situation in Crimea is neither blackout nor economic blockade, but the aftermath of a terror act, in which Turkey is involved
Kremlin spokesman says information will be used to fight terrorism, not prove claims on oil trade
'We welcome the commitment to a structured and more frequent high-level dialogue between EU and Turkey,' UN spokesman says
Fierce fighting between UN peacekeepers and Ugandan rebels raged in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo
The meeting comes after a Russian warplane was downed for violating Turkey’s airspace on Nov. 24
One of the terrorists who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris last month had a French gun licence, and trained at the same location as the national police, reports suggest
'I want to be very clear: Turkey is a NATO ally. The U.S. supports Turkish rights to defend itself and its airspace and its territory,' US President says
Manuel Valls calls on tourists not to be afraid and come visit Paris
'We understand Turkey's actions are aimed at protecting its airspace,' Lithuanian president’s foreign policy adviser says
Latest incident, condemned by the EU's office in Kosovo, comes ahead of the first visit to Pristina by US Secretary of State John Kerry
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Tuesday on plans to join the military campaign against ISIL in Syria, a government official said.
Two French citizens have been arrested as they attempt to join ISIL in Libya.
Offer to join is expected to come after a meeting of foreign ministers from the 28-nation alliance in Brussels
Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the Knesset's joint Arab list, will travel to Washington to talk with civil rights leaders and will also be a guest of honor at event hosted by American Jewish billionaire S. Daniel Abraham.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed to expel Palestinian families of fighters and demolish their family home.
Prime minister ends weeks of speculation by announcing parliamentary vote on strikes against ISIL in Syria