Tragedy in Tucson

Jan 17, 2011 6:57 PM

Tucson shooting victim apologizes for outburst

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - One of the men wounded in a Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson apologized Monday for an outburst at a town hall meeting.

James Eric Fuller started ranting at the end of the program Saturday, then took a picture of a tea party leader and yelled "you're dead."

Fuller apologized through his girlfriend, Dorothy Deruyter. He has been in a hospital since being involuntarily committed Saturday for a mental health evaluation but wrote a statement and called Deruyter.

Fuller apologized for his "misplaced outrage."

Deruyter said Fuller has no family or children, and was coping with the shooting almost entirely on his own and lost his temper.

He was shot in the knee and back and drove himself to the hospital, where he spent two days.


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