by Dan Gibson
This is weird. Really, really weird, which seems like the last thing that Safeway needs for awhile.
An instructor at the same college campus where Jared Lee Loughner went to school has been arrested after a bizarre incident at the site of the murders that Loughner is accused of committing.
According to a Pima County Sheriff's Department incident report, at about 4:30 PM on Friday February 25, a man plopped down in front of the Safeway on Oracle Road and began chanting. It was the same parking lot where a deranged gunman opened fire on January 8, killing 6 people and wounding 13 others.
Shortly after the man began chanting, a manager came out and asked him to leave. According to the report, the man responded by chanting more loudly. The manager then called deputies to come handle it.
The report states that when the first deputy arrived he found a man clad in a tank top, jeans and socks sitting in front of the store in a "yoga position" and wearing white earphones. He was chanting over and over again, "We are the ones you have been waiting for," and occasionally throwing in, "We are the chosen ones."
The deputy asked him to stop. The man did stop just long enough to say, "Freedom of religion," and then added, "freedom of speech," before resuming his chants. After that, the deputy wrote, the chanting man "did not acknowledge my existence and did not move."