Las Vegas School Shooting: What we know now article The gunman was identified as Jared Loughner, a retired Navy lieutenant colonel and avid hunter who shot to death six people at a suburban Las Vegas church and a community college before taking his own life in a hotel room.
Loughners rampage left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded, including five students.
Police found him in his car, with a loaded .40-caliber pistol, when they arrived on the scene.
He had also posted to Facebook that he was going to attack a concert at a local mall, according to CBS News.
Authorities also said Loughns family was cooperating with investigators.
A friend, Joshua Freeman, told ABC News he was “totally shocked” when he heard the news of the mass shooting.
“He had a gun in his hand,” Freeman said.
“There was nothing like that in his life.
He was a kind of a quiet guy.”
A friend who asked to be identified only as Jason told ABC that Loughons family was “devastated.”
“We’re just devastated,” Jason said.
The shooting has led to widespread debate over gun control, including the idea that guns are often used to commit violent crimes.
The Las Vegas shooting was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, according the Washington Post.
The gunman, who was shot by police, had a concealed weapons permit.
The massacre drew the attention of lawmakers from both parties who have called for stricter gun laws, particularly after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.