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School releases YouTube post from Loughner

Jared Lee Loughner, now accused in the shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, walked through campus last fall rambling about his 'genocide school.' The video led Pima Community College to suspend him.

January 15, 2011|By Rong-Gong Lin II, Maeve Reston and Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times

Rambling and agitated, Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner strode through Pima Community College, camera in hand — alternately laughing and voicing anger at his "genocide school," which he called "one of the biggest scams in America" in a video released by college officials late Friday.

The nearly four-minute video, which was posted on YouTube on Sept. 23 and later removed, appeared to show Loughner on campus at night, moving briskly through buildings and a series of open courtyards.

"All right, so here's what we're doing. We're examining the torture of students," Loughner said as he began his narration of the video. He broke off when he appeared to recognize a man leaving a nearby building. "How's it going?" Loughner shouted. "Thanks for the B – I'm pissed off."

Breathing heavily and laughing softly as he walked up a dark set of stairs, Loughner said: "I lost my freedom of speech to that guy and … this is what happens. And I'm in a terrible place. This is the school that I go to. This is my genocide school, where I'm going to be homeless because of this school. I haven't forgot the teacher that gave me the B for freedom of speech."

The video, which prompted Loughner's suspension last fall, offered a window into the suspected gunman's frustrations and his anxiety about his future, three and half months before he was accused of opening fire outside a Safeway grocery store, killing six people and wounding 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

At one point, walking past the bookstore, he said: "They're controlling the grammar."

A few moments later, he lingered in front of the campus police office: "This is where the whole 'shaboozie' goes down with illegal activity," he said, his face briefly reflected in the glass of the station window.

Near the end of the video, while walking through a courtyard, he said, "All the teachers that you have are being paid illegally and have illegal authority over the Constitution of the United States under the 1st Amendment. This is genocide in America. Thank you. This is Jared from Pima College."

The video was released to The Times after a public records request. It had been cited in campus police records as among the reasons college officials suspended the 22-year-old student.

The video was uploaded to YouTube the same day campus police officers were called to a biology classroom after Loughner protested when an instructor told him he would only receive half credit if he turned in an assignment late. His increasingly loud outbursts caused his biology instructor to call campus police.

A campus police officer who saw the video "positively recognized the voice and the reflection in the window as student Jared Loughner," according to a school police report. It was the same officer who had removed Loughner from the biology class.

Within hours of viewing the video on Sept. 29, campus police officers hand-delivered a notice of immediate suspension to Loughner and his father, Randy, at their Tucson home.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials offered more details Friday into Loughner's last actions before the Jan. 8 shooting.

Authorities said they had photos that Loughner allegedly developed less than 10 hours before the rampage, depicting him holding a 9 mm Glock 19 pistol next to his nearly naked buttocks and crotch, a law enforcement official said. It is the same type of weapon that police say was used in the shooting.

A timeline released by the Pima County Sheriff's Department said Loughner dropped off the roll of film at a Walgreens at 11:35 p.m. on Jan. 7, then checked into a Motel 6 near Interstate 10 at 12:29 a.m. He picked up the developed photos at 2:19 a.m. At 4:12 a.m., according to the timeline, he posted on his MySpace page: "Goodbye friends."

After 7 a.m., Loughner headed to Super Wal-Mart in suburban Marana, where he bought ammunition and a black diaper bag.

At some point between 7:31 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., Loughner returned home and was confronted by his father. Loughner fled on foot from his house with the black bag, the timeline stated.

He was picked up by a cab at 9:41 a.m. at a Circle K convenience store, and arrived at the shopping center shortly before 9:54 a.m.

The shooting began at 10:10 a.m., the timeline said.

An Internet gaming website released postings Friday that company officials believe were written by Loughner. Some of the posts were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The company, EarthEmpires.com, released a version of the postings in which players' user names were redacted.

David McVittie, a website administrator, told The Times that Loughner played the game for the first half of 2010, and made the postings on a private forum that players on Loughner's team used to strategize and build a virtual nation. McVittie said that two players who knew Loughner outside the game site told company officials earlier this week that the person writing under the name "Dare" was Jared Loughner.

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