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.
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.