**UPDATE TO STORY: A press conference with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik just confirmed a total of 18 people shot, six dead. These figures trump any other within the body of this story. [6:23pm MST]
A deadly shooting rampage took place in Tucson, AZ, this morning at a Congress On Your Corner meet-and-greet held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a local Safeway grocery store strip-mall. The Tucson shooting claimed the life of Federal Judge John Roll, an unidentified nine year-old girl and four others, as well as critically injuring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and more than ten others.
Suspect Jared Lee Loughner is reportedly in custody at this hour in connection with today’s mass murder and shooting spree.
Tucson Shooting Suspect Jared Lee Loughner Had Bizarre YouTube Video Series
Though police have not confirmed the suspect’s identity, news media outlets such as CNN and the AP report the shooter was allegedly a Tucson-area man named Jared Lee Loughner. In a search of Jared Lee Loughner, Tucson Celebrity Headlines came across a series of bizarre videos Loughner posted last month with the user Id “Classitup10”.
Jared Lee Loughner YouTube Video Here: An Alleged Killer’s Twisted Mind Online
In the Jared Lee Loughner YouTube videos, white text is shown on a black background, and the words written defy explanation. Jared Lee Loughner rants about a “new currency”, and his disdain over a “5% literacy rate”. He also goes on about “conscience dreaming”, and this undefined term is a commen thread throughout the bizarre YouTube videos.
Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner also had a Myspace page, which has since been deleted. Before allegedly heading out to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head, strike down a federal judge and kill an innocent child, Jared Lee Loughner left the following message for his friends: “Dear friends…please don’t be mad at me. The literacy is below 5%. I haven’t talked to one person who is literate.”
We want to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by today’s tragic events. We are deeply saddened at our community’s loss of an innocent child, and we wish Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and all those wounded today a full and speedy recovery.
UPDATE: The Pima County Sheriff’s Dept. is reporting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has invoked his 5th Ammenment right against self-incrimination and is declining to provide his motive for the Tucson shooting.
UPDATE: Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Saturday evening authorities feel there is a second suspect, or person-of-interest, who may have come to the Safeway with Jared Lee Loughner. Police say they have a photo of the man they want to talk to, but will not release it yet. There remains only one shooter in the Tucson shooting.