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Home video shows bizarre behavior by Arizona suspect


Jared L. Loughner, identified by U.S. federal law enforcement officials as the suspected gunman in the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson on Saturday, is seen in this undated high school yearbook photo from the 2006 Mountain View High School yearbook obtained from a classmate of Loughner's in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mountain View High School/Handout
Jared L. Loughner, identified by U.S. federal law enforcement officials as the suspected gunman in the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson on Saturday, is seen in this undated high school yearbook photo from the 2006 Mountain View High School yearbook obtained from a classmate of Loughner's in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mountain View High School/Handout

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - A rambling homemade video narrated by shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner portrays the man accused of killing six people speaking about mind control and complaining about his grade in a sociology class.

Loughner does not appear directly in the video, released late on Friday by Pima Community College, and available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFT_l8rKJj8

But his voice can be heard narrating, and his reflection seen briefly, as the murder suspect walks around the college's West Side campus. Loughner was kicked out of the school for what officials described as disturbing behavior.

"Alright, so here's what we're doing. We are examining the torture of students," Loughner says as he walks past classrooms.

Loughner is accused of shooting into a crowd with a semi-automatic pistol outside a Safeway grocery store a week ago on Saturday, killing six people and wounding 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She remains in critical condition at a Tucson hospital.

Paramedics and firefighters who responded to the mass shooting told reporters on Saturday how they quickly realized how badly Giffords had been wounded.

"She was the only one with that type of injury who was alive," said paramedic Tony Compagno. Giffords was shot through the head.

The extent of the carnage was staggering, he added.

"I walked up and all I saw was chaos," said the 15-year veteran paramedic. "We've all been on scenes where we are dealing with gunshots, but it's one person. Now we are dealing with multiple, multiple people."

Treating 9-year-old Christina Green, who later died of her wounds, was particularly tough, said Capt. Ken Trapp.

"It's definitely harder to deal with any kind of child, especially when there is trauma involved," he said. "It hits everyone hard after the fact."

In his four-minute video, the 22-year-old former Pima student calls illegal the "war we are currently in", presumably referring to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He rambles about mind control and says he is "pissed off" about a B he got in sociology and that he will be homeless because of the college. He can be heard breathing hard as he walks.

"This is genocide in America. Thank you. This is Jared from Pima College," Loughner states before the video ends.

Pima Community College said Loughner was suspended after five incidents involving campus police and library disruptions and discovery of an online video he made that officials found disturbing.

The Tucson Safeway reopened on Saturday for the first time since the shooting spree.

Employees and customers held a moment of silence at 10:11 a.m. to mark the time the shooting began, said Hollie Chalcraft, a customer service worker at the store.

The store had a steady stream of customers, she said.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Brad Poole: Editing by Greg McCune and Ellen Wulfhorst)

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