D.C. Gunman Sought Return to the Navy

WASHINGTON — The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday had been hoping to get back into the Navy but was “experiencing problems” with officials at the base and at his contracting firm, a federal official said.


This booking photo shows Aaron Alexis, arrested in September 2010 on suspicion of discharging a firearm in the Fort Worth city limits.

Aaron Alexis “didn’t take that very well,” said the official.

In addition, Alexis “went to the VA to talk to them about mental-health issues. He was trying to get help, we think,” the official said, referring to the government’s veteran services department.

Whatever mental-health problems Alexis faced, neither those nor his arrests in 2010 and 2004 for gun-related incidents prevented him from recently buying at least one weapon, a shotgun.

Three weapons were found near Alexis’ body Monday — the shotgun, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a pistol.

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