Video of­fers in­sights on sus­pect’s think­ing

Gif­fords is taken off ven­ti­la­tor as she con­tin­ues re­cov­ery

The Washington Post Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANA HEDG­PETH AND PHILIP RUCKER hedg­pethd@wash­post.com ruck­erp@wash­post.com Staff writer David Naka­mura con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Pima Com­mu­nity Col­lege re­leases footage that prompted Jared Lee Lough­ner’s sus­pen­sion.

tuc­son— Al­leged gun­man Jared Lee Lough­ner’s com­mu­nity col­lege re­leased a home video on Satur­day that he made as he toured the cam­pus one night, ram­bling about cur­rency and the Con­sti­tu­tion and at one point declar­ing “ this ismy geno­cide school.”

The video sur­faced a week af­ter the shoot­ings here that killed six and left 13 wounded, in­clud­ing Rep. Gabrielle Gif­fords (D-Ariz.). Doc­tors said her re­cov­ery was con­tin­u­ing as ex­pected Satur­day, and the gro­cery store in the shop­ping cen­ter where the shoot­ings took place re­opened.

The nearly four-minute-long video, posted on YouTube in Septem­ber and first re­ported by the Los An­ge­les Times, prompted Pima Com­mu­nity Col­lege to sus­pend Lough­ner. In it, he walks by some of the build­ings where he took classes.

“We’re ex­am­in­ing the tor­ture of stu­dents,” Lough­ner, 22, says in the video. “. . .The war that we are in right now is cur­rently il­le­gal un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion. What makes it il­le­gal is the cur­rency. The date is also wrong. It is im­pos­si­ble for it to be that date. It’s mind con­trol. ... They’re con­trol­ling the gram­mar.”

Later, he says: “If the stu­dent is un­able to lo­cate the ex­ter­nal uni­verse, then the stu­dent is un­able to lo­cate the in­ter­nal uni­verse. Where is all my sub­jects. I could say some­thing sound right now, but I don’t feel like it.”

It was the lat­est in a se­ries of ex­am­ples of er­ratic be­hav­ior by Lough­ner, who is in fed­eral cus­tody and charged with murder. Also Satur­day, new de­tails emerged about his ac­tions in the hours be­fore the shoot­ings.

At 12:29 a.m. Jan. 8, po­lice say, he checked into a Mo­tel 6, which he used as the stag­ing ground for a se­ries of pre-dawn er­rands be­fore that day’s ram­page. Lough­ner, wear­ing a base­ball cap, ap­proached the ho­tel’s check-in win­dow, made of bul­let­proof glass, and used a credit card to rent the room, pay­ing $43.71, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The clerk told au­thor­i­ties that Lough­ner did not ap­pear to be un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs but “was just messed up,” ac­cord­ing to the source, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of the sen­si­tive na­ture of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A few hours later, Lough­ner was seen pac­ing in the mo­tel’s first-floor hall­way. The desk at­ten­dant asked what he was do­ing; Lough­ner did not re­ply. The clerk told in­ves­ti­ga­tors “ he gave off an aura that fright­ened me,” the source said.

Lough­ner later posted a bul­letin on his MyS­pace page ti­tled “Good­bye friends,” ac­cord­ing to a de­tailed time­line of events re­leased Fri­day by the Pima County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

On Satur­day, at the scene of the shoot­ings, the Safe­way gro­cery store re­opened. Safe­way of­fi­cials said the store’s 88 em­ploy­ees have come back to work or plan to re­turn. None of the 31 who were work­ing when the mas­sacre oc­curred was hurt.

At 10:10 a.m. Satur­day, the time of the shoot­ings, Safe­way of­fi­cials ob­served a moment of si­lence to honor the vic­tims.

Dawn Gal­lagher, who has worked at the store since it opened in 1992, said she has been “scared since the shoot­ing” but added, “now I feel like I’m at home with ev­ery­body.”

“We need to be to­gether as a com­mu­nity and a fam­ily,” she said.

Three Safe­way em­ploy­ees on their lunch break sat at ta­bles out­side the store and re­called what had hap­pened. Two of them were work­ing in the store when the gun­fire be­gan.

San­dra Lee Roun­tree, who works in the deli depart­ment, said she re­mem­bers hear­ing peo­ple say “Run! Run to the back of the store!” Many em­ploy­ees later came out front to help give CPR and wa­ter to the in­jured. Butcher aprons were used to put pres­sure on wounds.

The Pima County sher­iff, Clarence Dup­nik, came to of­fer sup­port. He said that 31 bul­lets were fired in front of the store and that if it hadn’t been for the “coura­geous peo­ple who tack­led the gun­man, it would have been a greater mas­sacre than it was.”

He said the shooter had in his pos­ses­sion two more am­mu­ni­tion mag­a­zines — one with 31 rounds and an­other with 30 — when he was taken into cus­tody.

Later Satur­day, doc­tors at Tuc­son’s Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter said Gif­fords has been taken off a ven­ti­la­tor and is breath­ing on her own through a tube in­serted into her wind­pipe. She had been breath­ing in­de­pen­dently, but a ven­ti­la­tor was in place as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure.

In a post­ing on its Web site Satur­day, the hos­pi­tal said “a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure (tra­cheotomy) was per­formed this morn­ing on the Con­gress­woman to re­place the breath­ing tube that ran down her throat with a tra­cheotomy tube in her wind­pipe, pro­tect­ing her air­way and free­ing her from the ven­ti­la­tor.”

“Her re­cov­ery con­tin­ues as planned,” the state­ment said. Sur­geons also in­serted a feed­ing tube.

Doc­tors said these pro­ce­dures are com­mon among brain-in­jured pa­tients. Gif­fords re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

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