GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban Rochester man faces charges after telling the Secret Service of a desire to kill former President George W. Bush.

Ian Rotunno was detained Oct. 7 after he abruptly left his job and told a coworker that he was headed to Washington D.C. with his shotgun.

Authorities said when agents phoned Rotunno about the remark, he was already in his car armed with the gun, knives, a bat and handcuffs.

He never made it to Washington. After talking to agents, he drove to a police station in Owego.

Secret Service agents say that in subsequent interviews in recent days, Rotunno said he planned to fire the gun into the reflecting pool on the National Mall, but also spoke of wanting to kill Bush with his bare hands.

A woman who identified herself as Rotunno’s grandmother told the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper that Rotunno may have “a mental issue.”

Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,
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Comments (6)
  1. Unknown says:

    I think this is really over exaggerated. Ian Rotunno was no immediate threat, he was just someone with a cry for help. Hopefully they will bring him somewhere that will aid him in working through his emotions, and not throw him in jail. I have hope for him.

    1. Randy says:

      I agree. The media is really good at twisting any story. I think people should wait to hear more before they condemn this man. Just the fact that he turned himself in I think says a lot about the situation and what was REALLY going on.

  2. nathan says:

    Now this guy wants to go after Bush?

  3. Don Juan says:

    The Tea Party has the most lunatics with guns . . . very scary.

    1. DanTe says:

      And yet, all the crazy murderous nut cases are libturds who’d “kill your for your own good”.

  4. Ric says:

    Wow, this guy Rotunno could be any Democrat lunatic out there today. This country is rife with them.

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