White Supremacist Suspected of Shooting Six People in Mesa

A man with white-supremacist tattoos on his face is the man police believe shot six people in Mesa today, killing one person.

Ryan Giroux, age 41, has been identified as the suspect, and was arrested by Mesa police this afternoon after an hours-long manhunt.

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A mugshot of Giroux from the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Giroux has face tattoos saying "skin head" and "88," which is neo-Nazi code for "Heil Hitler."

According to ADC records, he's had four stints in prison, most recently being released in 2013 after serving five years for attempted aggravated assault.

He's accused today of shooting three people at a Mesa motel, killing one man, before proceeding to shoot three more people at three separate locations.

Police said the first shooting, at the motel, was reported around 8:45 a.m.

Mesa Police Detective Esteban Flores says the first three shootings were the result of an argument at the motel, but the rest of the shootings were random.

The fourth person shot was hit at Bistro 13, a restaurant run by the East Valley Institute of Technology, right near the school, where some of the school's culinary-arts students train and work. The adult victim there is a student, and is expected to survive.

The shooter then carjacked a teacher at the restaurant, and went to two different apartment complexes, shooting two men in the process. One of those men is expected to survive, while the other was hospitalized in critical condition.

"A massive manhunt commenced in the general area of the last sighting, which led to the Mesa S.W.A.T. team members locating the suspect on the balcony of vacant condo," Flores says. "Tactical Team members attempted to take the suspect into custody, but he was not compliant. A Taser was deployed on the suspect and he was taken into custody without further incident."

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