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Washington Navy Yard Shooting

Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The shooting rampage left 12 people dead and eight others wounded.

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Aaron Alexis, the man who went on the deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, was under the “delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by electro-magnetic waves,” the FBI’s Valerie Parlave said Wednesday.

Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, said Alexis acted alone and there was no evidence he was targeting particular people.

Alexis, who was 34, went on the rampage September 16, killing 12 people and wounded several others. Chilling video released Wednesday shows Alexis running through hallways with a sawed-off shotgun. He also gained access to and used a Beretta pistol during the shooting.

The investigation indicates that Alexis “was prepared to die during the attack and that he accepted death as the inevitable consequence of his actions,” Parlave said, citing electronic media recovered from the shooter’s belongings.

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Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States “can’t accept” last week’s killing of 12 people at Washington’s Navy Yard as “inevitable,” but the shooting should instead “lead to some sort of transformation” on gun violence in the United States.

“It ought to be a shock to all of us, as a nation and as a people,” Obama said at the Marine Barracks, just a few short blocks from the Navy Yard. “It ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation.”


President Obama and the First Lady attended a memorial for the victims of the mass shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard.

The president said during his speech that grieving with the families impacted by mass shootings is something he has had to do five times in his presidency, citing shootings in Fort Hood, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; and now the Washington Navy Yard.

“Part of what wears on as well is the sense that this has happened before,” Obama said. “What wears on us, what troubles us so deeply as we gather here today, is how this senseless violence that took place in the Navy Yard, echoes other recent tragedies.”

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Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis’ mother apologized Wednesday for her son’s actions, saying she was glad that he is “now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone.”


The FBI released this image of Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis.

“I don’t know why he did what he did, and I’ll never be able to ask him why,” Cathleen Alexis said in a statement recorded by CNN.

“I’m so, so very sorry this has happened. My heart is broken,” she said.

Her statement comes two days after Aaron Alexis, a military contractor, shot and killed 12 people at the historic Navy base. The facility was closed again Wednesday to all but a few employees as authorities worked to piece together what triggered the shooting.

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navy-yardDozens of convicted felons got unescorted access to Navy installations for weeks and even years because an outside company hired to save money issued temporary credentials to contractors before completing proper background checks, according to a federal audit released on Tuesday.

The Pentagon inspector general’s audit also found the program intended to save money probably wound up costing tax dollars instead.

Coming a day after a contractor opened fire at theWashington Navy Yard, killing 12 people and dying himself, the audit amounted to a powerful indictment of security measures at Navy facilities as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel prepares to order a worldwide review of security at military bases.

There is no connection between the Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) and Aaron Alexis, the IT contractor who was killed on Monday during the shooting spree about 2.5 miles from the White House. Alexis had a different kind of pass that was not issued through the NCACS, the Navy said.   However, the audit revealed security loopholes that potentially put personnel at risk at 10 Navy installations around the country that were studied as a sample of the more than 60 located in the continental United States.

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While no specific reason has been given as to what spurred him to shoot dead 12 victims at Washington’s Navy Yard, the shooter’s overall mindset came into sharper focus Tuesday — including a history of psychological issues.


The FBI released this image of Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis.

That past includes a Newport, Rhode Island, incident on August 7, more than five weeks before Aaron Alexis was gunned down after single-handedly pulling off America’s latest mass shooting.

Describing himself as a Navy contractor, Alexis told police he believed an individual he’d gotten into a verbal spat with had sent three “people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body,” according to a police report. Alexis said he hadn’t seen any of these people, but insisted they’d followed him between three hotels in the area — the last being a Marriott, where police investigating a harassment complaint encountered him.

There, Alexis told authorities that the unseen individuals continued speaking to him through walls and floor, as well as used “some sort of microwave machine” to send vibrations into his body.

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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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Police on Tuesday released the names and ages of these victims of the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard:

Mary Francis Knight, 51

Gerald L. Read, 58

Martin Bodrog, 54

Richard Michael Ridgell, 52

Arthur Daniels, 51

The identities of these victims had been confirmed earlier by authorities:

Michael Arnold, 59.

Sylvia Frasier, 53.

Kathy Gaarde, 62.

John Roger Johnson, 73.

Frank Kohler, 50.

Bernard Proctor, 46.

Vishnu Pandit, 61.

None of the victims were military personnel. The 12 victims were gunned down by 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a former Navy electrician’s mate who was discharged from the service in 2011 after multiple disciplinary infractions, authorities said.

Alexis, who worked for Hewlett Packard, had a valid pass and security clearance to enter the Navy Yard as a civilian contractor, according to military officials.


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

The 34-year-old former Navy electrician’s mate identified as the gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been discharged from the service in 2011 after multiple disciplinary infractions, a Navy officer said Monday.  Aaron Alexis “had a pattern of misconduct,” the official said.

Alexis, a native of New York, who served in the Navy from 2007 to 2011 as an aviation electrician’s mate 3rd class, entered the base early Monday morning, authorities said, perhaps using another man’s identification card to pass through the gates.

Once inside, officials said, he headed for the massive Building 197, the headquarters of the Navy Sea Systems Command. Armed with three weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle, he went to the building’s fourth floor, according to officials.

About 8:15 a.m., according to witness accounts and police dispatch recordings, the gunman began shooting down into a crowded atrium that houses an employee cafeteria.

Washington police and Navy security officials engaged in “multiple” exchanges of fire with Alexis over the next two hours, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters, eventually shooting and killing him.

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