Sheriff 'Not Convinced' Loughner Acted Alone
Also said the suspect has a criminal record
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2011 7:52 PM CST
This March 2010 photo shows a man identified as Jared L. Loughner at the 2010 Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat)

(Newser) – Though it was initially reported that Jared Lee Loughner told officials he acted alone in today's shootings, one sheriff isn't so sure: In a press conference tonight, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said he was "not convinced" that the suspect acted alone. He declined to say why, but did add that Loughner had a criminal record and mental issues, reports the Arizona Republic. The New York Times reports that officials are looking for a second suspect. Click for more on Jared Lee Loughner, who reportedly posted "goodbye" on MySpace this morning.

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Proud-Texan
Jan 9, 2011 4:49 PM CST
For those who are so sure that the picture of the "second" suspect is guilty, read here . http://www.newser.com/story/109342/2nd-suspect-in-attack-of-us-giffords-found.html
crafter67
Jan 9, 2011 11:56 AM CST
This kid was not a liberal or a conservative. He is obviously a non-conformist. The fact that he listed Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto as his favorite books puts him in opposition to both sides. Liberals and conservatives all have pot smokers in their groups. His dislike for religion is unlike the conservatives and his pro-military and constitutionalist fixation are not exactly prominent features of a liberal. That said however, there was one thing in his farewell on his myspace page that gives us a clue to what inspired him to commit murder. He said "the new US currency" was one of his primary reasons for his actions. This is a reference to the Alex Jones documentary, "End Game". It is not completely fiction or fact but a divisive film that has revolution and conspiracy as a central theme. The documentary doesn't promote one side or the other in hopes to get everyone equally upset. For those that do not know Alex Jones is one of the key propaganda masters of the Tea Party. What ever this kids political alignment, his inspiration was clear. It is also clear that he was unstable before the shootings and laying this on the doorstep of a film is kind of like blaming rock music lyrics for teen suicide - it may have been a factor but we can't sanction an artist (even one who is politically motivated) for what one crazy person is inspired to do.
True1969Grit
Jan 9, 2011 9:39 AM CST
We'll know more about political motivations when they catch the 2nd guy, but he will probably turn up dead.