Texas metallers Drowning Pool have responded to news stories that the alleged Arizona gunman Jared Loughner listed the band's 2001 hit Bodies as a favourite on his YouTube channel.
Loughner, 22, was named by the authorities as the gunman who opened fire on a public meeting held by U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona on January 8.
The attack left 13 people wounded and six dead, including a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge. Giffords was shot in the head at close range but is making a recovery in hospital.
"We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted, again," says Drowning Pool in a statement posted on their official website. "Bodies was written about the brotherhood of the moshpit and the respect people have for each other in the pit. If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence. It's about a certain amount of respect and a code.
"We want to continue to spread positivity for the future, not dwell on negativity," it continues. "For someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a moshpit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy."
Loughner made his first court appearance yesterday (January 10) to face charges of two charges of murder. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment or the death penalty.