Shooter posed in thong with gun

2011-01-15 08:00

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 Friday by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.

It began with Loughner dropping off the 35mm film at a pharmacy at

11.35pm on January 7, the night before the shooting.

He checked into a motel about an hour later and at 2.19am 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.

Loughner posted “Goodbye friends” on his MySpace page at 4.12am,

then bought bullets and a backpack-style nappy bag at Walmart at 7.27am,

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 suspiciously and there

was no reason to search the vehicle, the agency 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 9.41am, a taxi 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 taxi driver and Loughner went into the supermarket to get

change for the fare, authorities said.

At 10.10am, he opened fire, authorities said.

Also yesterday, 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


Giffords, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, was still in

critical condition.

Authorities say the shooter, 22-year-old 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, 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 programme for the funeral.

Former Vice-President Dan Quayle was to bring a handwritten message

from former President George HW Bush, who appointed Roll to the bench in 1991,

said Adam Goldberg, a spokesperson for the fire department and the event.

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

(more than R500?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


Roll is survived by his wife, Maureen, three sons, and five



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