Revealed: Washington gunman who murdered 12 had 'anger issues' after rescuing victims of 9/11 and had been kicked out of the Navy after gun charge
- Aaron Alexis, 34, named as the
heavily armed gunman who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard in
Washington D.C. – killing 12 people and injuring eight others
is reported to have used a shotgun he brought with him and also an
AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and handgun he picked up from the fallen
- AR-15 was the weapon used in the Sandy Hook and Aurora mass shootings
- SWAT Teams fought a heavy gun battle with him and shot him dead
- Alexis served in the U.S. Navy for almost four years before he was discharged in 2011 for 'misconduct'
- He was awarded two medals during his military service for serving during the War on Terror, a time of national crisis
- It has been reported he was discharged from the U.S. Navy because of an arrest for firing his own gun in 2010; a similar incident occurred in 2004
- The FBI has
determined that Alexis was the only shooter, and police say a valid
security pass was used to get into the Navy Yard buildings
- All of the 15 people wounded are in critical condition, authorities said
Obama vowed Monday to hold responsible those who carried out the
'cowardly' mass shooting, while calling the victims 'patriots'
Gunman: According to NBC Washington, this man Aaron Alexis, 34, from Fort Worth, Texas is the Navy Yard shooter. A background check has revealed that this is the police mugshot for Alexis who was arrested but not charged for firing a gun in his apartment in 2010
The Washington Navy Yard gunman who
killed 12 yesterday has previously claimed to be suffering from PTSD
after helping rescue efforts in New York following the 9/11 terror
Alexis was shot dead by responding officers after he opened fire inside a
Navy facility around 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning, killing 12 people
It emerged today that he used three guns during the massacre, one of them an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle - the same weapon used in the Sandy Hook and Aurora mass shootings.
Since he was identified as the shooter, reports have revealed that it was not the first time he was involved in a shooting.
2004, Alexis was arrested in Seattle for shooting the tires of a
construction worker's car during what he later called an anger-fueled
that he didn’t remember pulling the trigger of his firearm until about
one hour later,' according to the Seattle police report.
Later he said that he felt the intended victim 'disrespected' him.
states that his father said his anger issues stemmed back to his time
in New York where he helped the rescue efforts following the September
11 terrorist attacks.
shooter's father told police 'that his son had experienced anger
management problems that the family believed associated [sic] with
He was arrested
in relation to that incident but never charged, an outcome repeated in
Fort Worth, Texas where Alexis was living in 2010.
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Collecting guns: Alexis reportedly brought only one gun with him to the Navy Yard and procured two others during the shooting spree
Then, he was arrested
for discharging a firearm when his neighbor reported that he fired a
shot into her apartment. At the time, Alexis claimed that his hand
slipped when he was cleaning his gun while cooking at the same time, and
that he accidentally fired the weapon.
New reports also
claim that Alexis was arrested for a second time in DeKalb county,
Georgia and spent two nights in jail over a disorderly conduct charge
but no further details have been released about that incident.
It emerged today that Alexis used three weapons in yesterday's shooting: a shotgun he is believed to have brought to Navy Yard with him, and two more weapons that officers believe he picked up during the course of the massacre: an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and a handgun.
report said he took one of the weapons from a police officer as the
slayings continued, while the shotgun was reportedly bought at a
Virginia gunstore recently.
Last night Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot by Nidal Hasan during the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, told CNN's Piers Morgan that 'almost every mass shooting involves an AR-15 assault rifle'.
added: It's the preferred mass shooter's weapon of choice, but I don't
see a logical reason why any civilian needs to have one of these killing
No motive has been revealed for Monday's shooting, but speculation is growing his dismissal from the U.S. Navy for 'misconduct' in January 2011 may have inspired him to commit deadly revenge.
The Pentagon confirmed that he was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal prior to his discharge in January 2011.
Frantic Search: Emergency responders arrive at the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, where several people were killed and others injured when at least one gunman opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard
Escape: Employees at the naval yard run from the building with their hands in the air following the shooting
The shooter: Aaron Alexis is believed to have brought a shotgun with him on Monday and picked up the other two weapons over the course of his shooting spree at the government facility
Family members of the Washington shooter are 'distraught' to learn that he carried out the massacre, relatives told MailOnline today.
Despite the lack of an acknowledged motive, one U.S. official has been quoted as saying Alexis was discharged from the Navy in 2011 following a series of incidents of 'misconduct.'
Law enforcement said that his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and that he served in the U.S. Navy between May 5, 2007 and January 31, 2011.
A U.S. Navy spokesman said Alexis was an 'aviation electrician's mate' – ranked as a third class petty officer – and served at the Naval Air Station in Fort Worth, Texas.
is reported to have enlisted in New York. The Brooklyn native
graduated from boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois as an airman recruit.
A woman is reunite with her husband who was one of hundreds of Navy Yard workers evacuated yesterday
His target: The shooting took place inside Building 179 at the D. C. Navy Yards
His response: President Obama called the Monday shooting a 'cowardly act'
Throughout the late 1990s until 2002, he was listed as living in Manhattan and Queens in New York City. He is still registered as a voter in New York City.
SHOOTER HAD BEEN HONORED FOR HIS WORK IN THE WAR ON TERROR
Officer Third Class Aaron Alexis was awarded the Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal prior to
his discharge in January 2011. He was stationed at the Naval Air Station
Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas.
The military award was created on March 12th, 2003 by President George W. Bush and recognizes those who served in the armed forces and who performed a role in the War on Terror – which began as a direct result of the September 11th attacks.
To become eligible for the medal, 30 days of consecutive duty or 60 days of non-consecutive duty must be completed.
Alexis, who worked as a civilian I.T. contractor at the military base in the nation's capital, entered the cafeteria of Building 197 just before 8:15 a.m. brandishing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a handgun, and began shooting.
is thought that he used an identification card belonging to another
employee of the base to gain entry to the heavily secured building where
he carried out his deadly attack.
The FBI said that after SWAT teams swarmed the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command, an officer shot Alexis dead.
Witnesses said that during his rampage he appeared to fire at selected targets and not randomly.
The FBI's Washington Field Office also said that it had 'all [it] assets out' in the field as they searched for one other possible shooter described as a black man in his 40s or his 50s.
According to a deleted Linked In profile, Alexis attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and worked for a tech firm.
A former roommate from Ft. Worth, the owner of Happy Bowl Thai restaurant, told NBC News he had not seen the man in three months.
Tragic shooting: The Medical Examiner wheels a body on a gurney out of the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital shortly after it was announced that the first victim of the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington had died
Police records reveal that Alexis was arrested for accidentally discharging a firearm at his Ft. Worth home in September 2010.
witness who lived in a neighboring apartment told police that she heard
a pop and then to her horror a hole appeared in her floor and ceiling.
Alexis told police he was cleaning his gun when while cooking and that his hands were slippery.
All charges against him were dropped.
Speaking after yesterday's slayings, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department chief Cathy Lanier said officers had ruled out the possibility that anyone else was involved in the shootings.
'We do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life inside the base,' she said.
And she said that Alexis had used a valid security pass to get into the Navy Yard building.
Police are investigating whether the ID of a former Navy petty officer called Rollie Chance was used by Alexis to gain entrance to the the Navy Yard compound.
FBI investigators visited Chance's home Monday but have not revealed how Alexis obtained the identification.
The White House- Washington DC. Outside the White House security presence was elevated after the mass shooting today at the Washington Naval Yard
Military personnel watch over the scene of a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, USA, 16 September 2013. Twelve people were killed and several wounded in a shooting at the US Navy Yard
'It appears that we have at least 13 fatalities … it doesn’t get much more serious than that, obviously,' added Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray during an afternoon press briefing.
'We have no known motive at this stage. We will continue the
investigation to try and figure out what that motive is.'
'We don’t have any reason to suspect terrorism, but certainly it has not been ruled out.’
Previously, Lanier said law enforcement was searching for two individuals, one white and one black, but they identified the white individual and cleared him of suspicion.
Witnesses reported one man described as an African-American male dressed in military fatigues and armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle opening fire upon entering the base at the Naval Sea System Command HQ.
Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.
Reunited: Navy Yard workers evacuated after the shooting are reunited with loved ones at a makeshift Red Cross shelter at the Nationals Park baseball stadium near the affected naval installation in Washington, September 16, 2013
'He just turned and started firing,' Brundidge said.
Patricia Ward, who works at the Navy Yard, described how she was in the cafeteria when she heard 'three gunshots, pow-pow-pow, straight in a row.'
'All of the people that were in the cafeteria, we all panicked, and we were trying to decide which way we were going to run out,” she said to NBC News. “I just ran.'