Jared Loughner Radically Changed Before Alleged Shooting, Friend Says

Sunday, January 9, 2011
By Paul Martin

By LEE FERRAN, JASON RYAN, EMILY FRIEDMAN and RICHARD ESPOSITO
ABC.COM
Jan. 9, 2011

A longtime friend of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in custody following the murder of six people in an apparent assassination attempt on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said there was a mysterious, significant change in him a year before the shooting.

“He was a good person that just somehow changed so much,” former classmate and friend Tong Shan told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “I don’t know what the hell happened to him.”

When she heard news reports of Loughner’s arrest in connection with the deadly attack, she said, “I was shocked, but I believed it was him.”

According to court documents released today, authorities discovered a safe in Loughner’s home with a thank you letter from Giffords for attending a Congress on Your Corner event in 2007 — the same kind of event Loughner allegedly assaulted Saturday. Another envelope said “I planned ahead,” “My assassination” and “Giffords” and bore what appears to be Loughner’s signature, the documents said.

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