January 14th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Police: Loughner up all night at Walmarts, Circle Ks before shooting

Ross Levitt and Susan Candiotti

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - Jared Lee Loughner was up all night before gunning down 19 people - six fatally - outside an Arizona supermarket, taking several trips to the supermarket's shopping plaza in between checking in at an area hotel and visiting two Walmarts to buy ammunition, according to a timeline released Friday by the Pima County Sheriff's Office.

Loughner, 22, got a room at a nearby Motel 6, but did not spend much time there late the night of January 7 and early January 8, the Sheriff's Office timeline indicates.

At 11:35 p.m., he dropped off a roll of 35 mm film at a Walgreens next door to the Safeway supermarket where the shooting occurred.

After buying something about an hour later at a nearby Circle K convenience store and checking into the Motel 6 one mile to the west on Ina Road, he returned at 2:19 a.m. to pick up the photos and make other purchases.

Fifteen minutes later, he stopped at a Chevron gas station where, according to a source with direct knowledge, he bought a doughnut, a soft drink and several energy bars. Surveillance video captured Loughner making the purchases, and he also used the pay phone at the store, according to the source.

Then, at 4:12 a.m., Loughner posted a photo of the Walgreens on his MySpace page, with a caption "Goodbye friends."

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  1. peter heburn

    I am so sick of this fanatical circular non-argument about the excess/accessability of guns. Criminals who plan to use a gun in a violent crime are going to get one without difficuluty because by definition they do not abide by the laws that non-criminals are subjected to. Yes, America is a violent and sometimes mean nation(I look forward to your letters), but the sociological causality is far more complex than the proliferation of firearms or to go into here.

    January 15, 2011 at 5:30 am |
  2. Patrick

    I stand behind Secretary Clinton that this extremist behavior is an act of terrorism and should also be charge as such!!The United States have more acts of terrorism than any other part of the world, but we don't use such language to describe them..We called them Home invasion,Car Jacking,Breaking and Entering with deadly force and the list goes on...The word "terror" are violent acts to create fear perpetrated for a religious, political or ideological goal..Residence and place of Businesses should apply to that list as well!!!

    January 15, 2011 at 3:36 am |
  3. Patrick

    Hey Anderson, I believe Mr,Loughner parents had some knowledge of his prior actions. For his Dad to question what he had in the bag and chase after him..We must dig deeper "Were others involved with Mr.Loughner in his premeditated act??Why would he leave the hotel room and go back to his house that morning?I saw pictures on TV of his make-shift candle burning Alter in his parents back yard..his parents never saw this in their own yard?these are not normal behaviors of a 22yr.old..those are immediate red flags to question

    January 15, 2011 at 3:19 am |
  4. Brenda Buttle

    Loughner,along with anyone of age can buy ammunition at a WalMart??? A store where we buy cribs,clothes & toys for our children??

    Shouldn't there be restrictions to where ammunition & firearms can be bought along with being registered upon purchase?

    I live in Canada and we would be laughed at if we went to WalMart to buy ammunition.

    Enjoy your show emmensely..

    January 15, 2011 at 2:14 am |