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Suspect Arrested In Arizona Shooting Spree That Killed 1, Injured 5

The man allegedly shot people in at least four separate locations in Mesa before being apprehended. Police identified him as 41-year-old Ryan Giroux.

Last updated on March 18, 2015, at 8:37 p.m. ET

Posted on March 18, 2015, at 1:38 p.m. ET

Police have arrested a man who is accused of killing one person and injuring five in a shooting spree across the city of Mesa, Arizona.

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He was identified him as Ryan Elliott Giroux, Mesa police Det. Esteban Flores told BuzzFeed News.

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The 41-year-old has a prison record that includes theft and burglary. He most recently served six years for attempted aggravated assault. A Department of Corrections mugshot shows several tattoos tying Giroux to white supremacist groups.

Giroux was arrested at 1:09 p.m. Wednesday.

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According to police, a Mesa police SWAT team spotted him on a condo balcony as they were going door-to-door in the 1700 block of West Emelita Avenue.

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Police tased the man inside the condo, which had been vacant, and he was taken into custody without further incident, Flores said.

Of the five surviving victims, one remained in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken into custody in a white jumpsuit, which is typically used by police to preserve evidence on a suspect's clothing.

#BREAKING: #MesaShooting suspect seen IN CUSTODY. #abc15

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The shooting spree began early Wednesday at a motel in Mesa, authorities said in an afternoon press conference.

Police believe the suspect may have gotten into some sort of argument with people inside one of the motel's rooms.

He allegedly shot three people at the motel, killing one man. The two other victims, both women, were taken to a local hospital. The police spokesman said the man seemed to know the victims.

Shortly after the motel incident, authorities received a call that there had been a shooting at a nearby restaurant that is connected to the East Valley Institute of Technology.

The suspect allegedly shot a student at the school and then fled in a stolen gray Honda Accord. The car, which belongs to someone else in the restaurant, was later located near where the man was arrested.

The student ran to paramedics who were arriving at the scene of the first shooting and was treated. He is expected to survive.

Authorities then received a call about an attempted home invasion at an apartment complex in another area of the city. Police believe the suspect shot one male at that location, who was taken to a hospital.

Another male victim was soon found at an apartment complex next to the first building and is in critical condition.

By evening, four of the victims had been released from hospitals. The fifth remained in critical condition.

UPDATE: 4 of surviving Mesa shooting victims have been treated & released. The fifth remains in critical condition.

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A woman named Angel Isabella told ABC 15 that her sister and her boyfriend had been living in the motel. The boyfriend, she said, was one of the shooting victims.

Family fears man dead after #Mesa shooting in motel #abc15

The woman tearfully said that she did not think he had survived.

Isabella said she was going to visit her sister when she found out about the shooting.

"I couldn't get ahold of her, I couldn't call her. I thought something was wrong with her," she said, adding that she later heard from her sister that her boyfriend had been shot.

Two nearby colleges and other buildings were placed on lockdown.

In regards to the incident on EVIT Main Campus, parents of those affected have been notified. Further details are forthcoming.

MCC Southern & Dobson on lockdown. Stay in current location or find nearby secure area. If en route, stay away. @mesacc

Working active shooting scene 1600 w main st. Avoid the area. Main at westbound closed in that area.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said that he has "offered the full support and resources of the state in handling this senseless shooting."

Our prayers are with the people of #Mesa. I've directed @Arizona_DPS to assist Mesa with any resources required.

Other lawmakers also tweeted their condolences.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of #Mesa right now #Arizona

Heartbreaking to hear of the tragedy back home in #Arizona. My thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Mesa.

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