Ryan Giroux allegedly opened fire in shootings across Mesa, Arizona, an attack that left at least one dead and appears to be the work of a white supremacist who has spent several years in prison.
Giroux is accused of shooting people in several locations in Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. Police said they are not sure exactly how the shootings started, but said there was an argument at the Tri-City Inn, where the shootings are believe to have started. Three people were shot there, including one who died, police said.
Police said Ryan Giroux then fled across the street to a restaurant, where he carjacked a Honda Accord and shot the driver, a local college student.
Witnesses say the shootings left a chaotic scene.
“I looked down towards Longmore, and I just looked, and I saw a lady sitting on a chair, and it looked like a bullet hole (in her torso). She was shaking, she had a white shirt on, it looked like a pretty big hole. … Everybody was running out of the parking lot. I saw about eight people running out, but only two (out of the motel) that had injuries.”
Giroux is described as a white supremacist who has several tattoos associated with neo-Nazis, including a Celtic cross and the number 88, which stands for the eighth letter of the alphabet, HH or Heil Hitler.
The site Mugshots has information about Ryan Giroux and his time behind bars, showing that he has been in prison several times. He has convictions for theft and burglary and marijuana violations and was sent away from 2006 to 2013 on an attempted assault charge.
While in prison, Giroux was also found guilty of several major violations, including manufacturing a weapon and promoting contraband.
Finding Giroux became a priority in the wake of the shootings. Police and SWAT teams went into a widespread manhunt, searching car trunks and interviewing potential witnesses.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state would give whatever resources needed to find Ryan Giroux.
“I’ve spoken to Mayor Giles and offered the full support and resources of the state in handling this senseless shooting. I’ve also directed the Arizona Department of Public Safety to assist Mesa with any and all resources required. Right now, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mesa, the individuals affected by this tragedy, and all law enforcement and first responders working to assist the victims.”
Reports indicate that Phoenix shooting suspect Ryan Giroux was arrested without incident. Live video from CNN showed police leading out a man wearing all white, which some reports indicated was a “DNA suit” that preserved evidence on his body.
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Police have not yet released information on the status of Phoenix shooting suspect Ryan Giroux or a possible motive for the shooting spree.