US shooter posed in G-string with gun

2011-01-15 23:25

Tucson - 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 representative Gabrielle Giffords, authorities said.

The most detailed timeline of Jared Loughner's busy 11 hours before the shooting was released on Friday by the Pima County Sheriff's Office. It begins with Loughner dropping off the 35mm film at a pharmacy at 23:35 on January 7, the night before the shooting. He checks into a motel about an hour later and at 02:19 on January 8 he picked up his developed photos.

A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised 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.

The 22-year-old Loughner posted "Goodbye friends" on his MySpace page at 04:12, then bought bullets and a backpack-style diaper bag at Walmart at 07:27, 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.

Confronted by his dad

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 09:41, 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, he opened fire, authorities said.

As those specifics surfaced, at least half-dozen lawmakers around the country met with constituents at gatherings similar to the "Congress on Your Corner" meeting where Giffords was shot. The events, they said, sent a message that violence would not keep them from meeting face-to-face with constituents at supermarkets, hardware stores or anywhere else.

The events, however, were held amid tight security, as was the funeral for US District Judge John Roll who was killed in the rampage. News organisations were barred from the event at the request of Roll's family and for security reasons. The Associated Press interviewed mourners as they left the service and got an account of the funeral.

Roll had stopped by a supermarket meet-and-greet for Giffords 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, 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.

- AP

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