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Shooting Victim Apologizes for Threatening Tea Party Leader

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"He wishes he could go back and do things differently."

Eric Fuller, the 63-year-old Tucson shooting victim who recently threatened a Tea Party leader with "you're dead" at an event, has issued an apology regarding his inflammatory statement.

"I would like to tender my sincerest apologies to [Tea Party leader] Mr. (Trent) Humphries for my misplaced outrage on Saturday at the St. Odelia's town meeting," Fuller said in a statement to CNN. "It was not in the spirit of our allegiance and warm feelings to each other as citizens of our great country."

Fuller issued the statement through a companion, Dorothy DeRuyter. He "is apologetic and very sad" about his outburst, DeRuyter told CNN. "He wishes he could go back and do things differently," she said.

DeRuyter said Fuller gave her liberty to speak on his behalf.

Fuller, who was shot in the knee, was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital after the outburst.

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