US shooter posed in G-string with gun: Official
The suspect in the mass shooting in Arizona posed for photos with a gun, dressed only in a bright red G-string, and had the film developed on the eve of the rampage that killed six people and gravely injured Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, authorities said.world Updated: Jan 15, 2011 12:03 IST
The suspect in the mass shooting in Arizona posed for photos with a gun, dressed only in a bright red G-string, and had the film developed on the eve of the rampage that killed six people and gravely injured Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, authorities said.
The most detailed timeline of Jared Loughner's busy 11 hours before the shooting was released Friday by the Pima County Sheriff's Office. It begins with Loughner dropping off the 35mm film at a pharmacy at 11:35 pm Jan 7, the night before the shooting. He checks into a motel about an hour later and at 2:19 am Jan 8 he picked up his developed photos.
A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so confirmed the details of the photos, including that Loughner posed with a Glock semiautomatic pistol, the same one authorities said was used in the shooting. Loughner posted "Goodbye friends" on his MySpace page at 4:12 a.m., then bought bullets and a backpack-style diaper bag at Walmart at 7:27 am, according to authorities. Three minutes later, he was pulled over by an Arizona Game and Fish Department officer, but he was let go. He wasn't acting suspicious and there was no reason to search the vehicle, the agency has said.
Loughner returned home about two hours later and was confronted by his dad when he removed a black bag from the family car. His father chased after Loughner, but he disappeared into the desert. At 9:41 a.m., a cab driver picked him up from a convenience store and drove him to the supermarket where Giffords was holding her "Congress on Your Corner" event. The cabbie and Loughner went into the supermarket to get change for the fare, authorities said. At 10:10 a.m., he opened fire, authorities said. Also Friday, the federal judge killed in the rampage was remembered in a funeral.
US District Judge John Roll had stopped by a supermarket meet-and-greet for Giffords last Saturday when he was killed, along with five others. Giffords, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, was still in critical condition.
Authorities say the shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, was targeting the lawmaker, who was wounded along with 12 others. Roll's funeral came a day after the youngest victim, Christina Taylor Green, was laid to rest and amid tight security. Four big coach buses brought dozens of judges who knew Roll over the years. During the funeral, Roll's older brother, Ed, recalled how the family had moved to Arizona from Pittsburgh because their mother was in poor health. She
eventually died when Roll was 15, said Carol Bahill, 61, who attended the ceremony.
Ed Roll told mourners Roll changed his middle name from Paul to his Irish mother's maiden name, McCarthy, "to keep that part of the family alive," Bahill recalled.
Roll's three sons were among the pallbearers, and family members and two federal judges gave readings, according to a program for the funeral. Dignitaries including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as well as Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl attended.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle was to bring a handwritten message from former President George H.W. Bush, who appointed Roll to the bench in 1991, said Adam Goldberg, a spokesman for the fire department and the event.
Most Americans had never heard of Green before the tragedy Saturday, but Roll, 63, had attracted death threats and became a lightning rod in the state's immigration debate after his ruling in a controversial border-crossing case two years ago. Two years ago, Roll presided over the case of 16 illegal immigrants who had sued border rancher Roger Barnett, saying he threatened them at gunpoint, kicked them and harassed them with dogs. Barnett argued that the plaintiffs couldn't sue him because they were in the US illegally, but Roll upheld the civil rights claim and allowed a jury to hear the case. The panel eventually awarded the illegal immigrants just $73,000 - much less than the millions sought - but the case was a flash point in a state that struggles to curb crossings at its border. Roll received death threats and was under around-the-clock protection while hearing the case.
Roll also had taken a leading position in pressing for more courts and judges to deal with the dramatic increase in federal cases caused by illegal immigration.
First Published: Jan 15, 2011 12:00 IST