Little information is known immediately about Laughner — such as his background or a possible motive in the attack... U.S. officials who provided his name to the AP spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release it publicly.
Loughner is 22 years old and was born in September, 1988.
A bit of searching took me to a series of YouTube videos allegedly authored by Loughner including one titled "My Final Thoughts." The video was uploaded just three weeks ago.
Tyler Durden reports that Loughner lists Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto among his favorite books.
Name: Jared Lee Loughner
Channel Views: 271
Joined: October 25, 2010
About Me: My name is Jared Lee Loughner!
Country: United States
Schools: I attended school: Thornydale elementary,Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View Highschool, Northwest Aztec Middle College, and Pima Community College.
Interests: My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college!
Movies: (*My idiom: I could coin the moment!*)
Music: Pass me the strings!
Books: I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.
Well, this certainly seems to fit a 'lone nut' theory.
Update: A commenter points us to this photo of Loughner from The Arizona Star.
Update II: Despite numerous reports that Rep. Giffords had died, attending surgeons state that she is alive, but in critical condition.
Update III: A high school photo of Loughner, circa 2006, via LGBT POV.
Update IV: More on the suspect:
On MySpace and YouTube web pages, a man who identifies himself as 22-year-old Jared Loughner posted anti-government messages that talk about mind control and suggested he will soon be adopting a new consciousness.
"Goodbye," Loughner posted on his MySpace account at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday. "Dear friends ... Please don't be mad at me."
Photos on MySpace show a close-up picture of an automatic handgun sitting atop a book or paper titled "United States History." This picture is accompanied by several videos posted to Loughner's Youtube account, including one of a masked man burning a U.S. flag and another with the words, "Don't trust the current government, listener!"
It is unclear if Loughner is the person burning the flag in the video.
Additional pictures show a coded message, Loughner on the street and a close-up of his face.
On both the MySpace and YouTube web pages, Loughner mentions his concern over literacy rates and the fact that few people speak English. He also talks about his distrust of the government and suggests that anyone can call anyone a terrorist.
"I can't trust the current government because of fabrications," Loughner wrote in a YouTube slide presentation. "The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar."
KVOA identifies several of the victims.
News 4 now knows the identities of two more people killed in the tragic shooting this morning: Gabe Zimmerman, one of Gifford's aides, and Dorwin Stoddard, a pastor of Mountain Ave. Church of Christ... Zimmerman, 30, was Giffords' director of community outreach, and had worked for Giffords since 2007.
Pastor Dorwin Stoddard, 75, was shot while he was in line to speak with Giffords.
It has been previously reported that John Roll, a federal judge had been shot and killed during the incident.
Update V: The Left's poisonous attempts to use Loughner to lash out at Palin and the Tea Party: doubly sick.