Arizona authorities have identified Jared Lee Loughner, 22, as the man who allegedly opened fire at a public event in Tucson, Ariz., striking U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head. They also had been seeking a second, unnamed person of interest, but by Sunday said they had found and cleared that man. According to Caitie Parker, who says she has known Loughner for years, he apparently met Giffords once in 2007, and described her as "stupid and unintelligent." Loughner, initially reported as a possible veteran, once attempted to enlist but was rejected, according to the U.S. military.
While few details about Loughner have been confirmed, some unsettling YouTube videos made just weeks ago have been attributed to him. One video consists of a mix of delusional rants and harrowing warnings. After explaining his opposition to what he calls “treasonous laws,” his written text says, “In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution, I can’t trust the current government because of the ramifications: The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.” He continues, “No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver! No! I won’t trust in God!”
In early October, Laughner allegedly posted an eerie video in which he, wearing a trash bag, a hoodie and a giant mask, sets an American flag on fire, with the song “Bodies” by Drowning Pool playing in the background.
Law-enforcement officials have confirmed the gun used in the attack was bought legally. The shooter, allegedly Loughner, reportedly fired on Giffords from about four feet away, sending her to the hospital with critical wounds, injuring 14 people in total and killing six, including a child and a federal judge. The gun was purchased on Nov. 30 at Sportman’s Warehouse in Tucson, and was bought along with at least one additional handgun.
Pictures have also surfaced allegedly showing Loughner volunteering at a book festival, and from his MySpace profile. Loughner listed reading as his favorite interest, and identified a slew of classics as his favorite books, including The Republic, The Odyssey, The Communist Manifesto, and Mein Kampf.
From The Daily Beast