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12/03/2021 06:34:45 pm

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Five Shot, One Fatally, In Arizona Shooting Spree

A gunman's day ended in the hands of police, after going on a shooting spree in Mesa, Arizona killing at least one person and injuring five others in multiple locations.

The suspect was identified as Ryan Elliot Giroux, an ex-convict, with a long prison record dating back to the 1990's.  He was found in a vacant condominium after an hours-long manhunt.  Police had to use a stun gun to subdue  him, and was walked out with hands shackled and body covered in white biological evidence suit.

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The ramapge began when Giroux opened fire inside a the Tri-City Inn motel room in Mesa on Wednesday, killing a man and shooting two women.  The motive was unclear, but initial reports said the shooting erupted following an argument. 

The suspect then fled to a nearby restaurant called Bistro-13, where he shot a student while carjacking a vehicle driven by a teacher.    

Then Giroux drove to two apartment compounds, forced his way in and shot two more people. 

One of the women wounded in the motel shooting is now in critical condition.  While information on four others who were injured is still unavailable.

Mesa police spokesman Esteban Flores said Giroux acted alone and his moves seemed to be random.

"We believe his motive at the other locations was robbery and carjackings and just trying to get away," Flores said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate group said Giroux, 41, was a member of a skinhead group called Hammerskin Nation, and had been convicted for burglary, marijuana possession and attempted aggravated assault.

Records showed that he filled up a list of violations while inside prison.  His last sentence ended in 2013 and was released on parole in October.

The SPLC further said the tattoos found on the suspect's face and body are an indication he may have come from a Neo Nazi group and white supremacist groups.

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