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March 18, 2015

Arizona Shooting Spree Suspect May Have White Supremacist Connections

After a manhunt that lasted several hours and involved multiple police departments, authorities in Mesa announced the apprehension of a suspect believed responsible for multiple shootings in Mesa on March 18 that killed one and injured at least five more.   The suspect in the shootings has been identified by media reports as Ryan Elliott Giroux.

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Giroux has a past criminal history, including a stint in state prison.  A Department of Corrections mug shot from his time in prison reveals that Giroux likely is or was a white supremacist, based on his facial tattoos.  Giroux had the words “skin” and “head” tattooed on his eyebrows, while next to his left eye is a prominent “88” tattoo.  The numerical symbol “88,” which stands for “Heil Hitler” (because H is the 8th letter of the alphabet), is one of the most popular white supremacist tattoos in the United States.

Giroux also has a Celtic knotwork tattoo on his chin.  Such tattoos are popular with white supremacists, though also used by others.

The shootings began at a motel in Mesa around 8:45am, where two people were shot, one fatally.  The shooter went to a nearby restaurant, where he allegedly shot a woman and stole a car.  Other shootings occurred as the suspect tried to evade apprehension.   Mesa police officers eventually tracked down and apprehended Giroux.

The motive for the shootings is not yet known.

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September 20, 2012

Tattooed Shootout Suspect is White Supremacist

Alaskan Jason Barnum has been charged with three counts of attempted murder following a mid-September shootout at an Anchorage hotel in which Barnum allegedly opened fire on police officers investigating a string of burglaries (wounding one of them).

Following the mid-September arrest in Anchorage, photographs of Barnum understandably went viral on the Internet.  Barnum has many striking tattoos, especially on his head, where a skinless jaw is tattooed on the right side of his face.  Most notable of all is Barnum’s right eyeball, which is itself tattooed black.

Now, ADL research has uncovered evidence that Barnum is also a white supremacist.

Barnum has at least two white supremacist tattoos on his body:  a curved swastika and the white supremacist version of the Celtic Cross.  He has also worn white supremacist jewelry, such as a necklace with a swastika superimposed on an Iron Cross, which appears on Barnum in a picture he posted to his Facebook profile in 2011.

In comments on other people’s Facebook profiles, Barnum has used common white supremacist codes such as “1488” (the 14 stands for the “Fourteen Words” white supremacist slogan, while the 88 stands for “Heil Hitler”).  Barnum also includes as one of his Facebook “likes” the Brotherhood Motorcycle Club, while one of his Facebook friends is a ranking member of that group.  The “Brotherhood” is short for the Aryan Brotherhood and the group is actually an offshoot of the Indiana Aryan Brotherhood that is active in Indiana and Oregon. 

Some of Barnum’s other Facebook friends are also white supremacists.  An examination of these individuals and their relationships to Barnum and each other reveals that most or all of them knew Barnum from shared time spent at the maximum security Spring Creek Correctional Center in Alaska, where they seem to have composed a small white supremacist prison clique.

Last January, Barnum complained on his Facebook profile that “[too] many people like to look at me & allways [sic] think that im about to do them harm.  When on the real im a friendly guy.”

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