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Jared Loughner (PICTURES): Portrait of the Arizona Shooting Suspect

Jared Laughner Mug Shot Credit: Pima Sheriff's Dept.

Jared Loughner (Mug Shot): Arizona Shooting Suspect Appears in Court
Jared Loughner Mug Shot (Pima Sheriff's Dept.)

PHOENIX (CBS/AP) New pictures have surfaced of Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson, Arizona shooting rampage that left six dead.

PICTURES: Jared Loughner

Loughner has been described as a social outcast with wild beliefs stepped in mistrust. A former friend of Loughner's told CBS' The Early Show that Loughner wasn't political, but he was increasingly frustrated with government.

Loughner is accused of killing six people on Saturday and injuring 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

At an event roughly three years ago, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took a question from Jared Loughner, the man accused of trying to assassinate her and killing six other people. According to two of his high school friends the question was essentially this: "What is government if words have no meaning?"

Loughner was angry about her response - she read the question and didn't have much to say.

"He was like ... 'What do you think of these people who are working for the government and they can't describe what they do?"' a friend who asked to remain anonymous told The Associated Press on Sunday. "He did not like government officials, how they spoke. Like they were just trying to cover up some conspiracy."

"If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem," the 22-year-old wrote Dec. 15 in a wide-ranging screed that was posted in video form and ended with nearly the same question his friends said he posed to Giffords: "What's government if words don't have meaning?"

Loughner lives with his parents about a five-minute drive from the shootings, in a middle-class neighborhood lined with desert landscaping and palm trees. Neighbors said Loughner kept to himself and was often seen walking his dog, almost always wearing a hooded sweat shirt and listening to his iPod.

Loughner is charged with one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. More charges are expected.

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE ARIZONA SHOOTING FROM CBS NEWS

  • Edecio Martinez

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