Washington Navy Yard Shooting (News Links)
Aaron Alexis, 34, of Texas IDed as Suspect in Washington Navy Yard Shooting: Report
Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old man from Fort Worth, Texas, was identified as the shooting suspect in the rampage that killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.
Scott Gordon of NBC-5 in Dallas-Fort Worth reported that Alexis was arrested by Fort Worth Police Department in 2010.
He recently began working as a civilian contractor for the Navy. Law enforcement officials told NBC that they identified him via fingerprints.
It is unclear what his motive was. Alexis allegedly had a shotgun and a handgun on him.
He allegedly entered the base with another man’s ID card who used to work there, officials said. The name of the man whose ID card was found is being questioned.
There is no information on a connection between him and man whose name was on the ID card he used.
Source: Aaron Alexis, 34, of Texas IDed as Suspect in Washington Navy Yard Shooting: Report – http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/289436-aaron-alexis-34-of-texas-ided-as-suspect-in-washington-navy-yard-shooting/
Fort Worth man accused in Washington Navy Yard shooting
FORT WORTH — The man suspected of killing 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard has been identified as Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth.
Alexis, 34, was found dead at the site of the Monday morning shooting in Washington.
Police say they do not have a motive for the shootings.
Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, owner of Happy Bowl Thai in White Settlement, said Alexis was “my best friend.”
“He lived with me three years,” Suthamtewakul said Monday afternoon. “I don’t think he’d do this. He has a gun but I don’t think he’s that stupid. He didn’t seem aggressive to me.”
Alexis was working for a computer contractor, Suthamtewakul said.
Alexis, whose most recent address was 7940 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth, show that he was arrested in September 2010 for discharging a firearm within a municipality. The records do not indicate that Alexis was ever formally charged in the case.
Somsak Srisan, who owns the property at 7940 White Settlement Road, said Alexis has not lived there for six to eight months.
Later that same month, Tarrant County court records show, The Orion at Oak Hill apartments in Fort Worth began eviction efforts against Alexis.
Source: Fort Worth man accused in Washington Navy Yard shooting – http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/09/16/5167160/fort-worth-man-accused-in-washington.html
Aaron Alexis, Navy Yard Shooting Suspect: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Suspected shooter served in U.S. Navy reserves – http://www.vagazette.com/news/sns-rt-us-suspected-shooter-20130916,0,5003853.story
Police say 2 shooters have killed 4, injured 8 on grounds of Washington Navy Yard
Police now believe two shooters, including one in fatigues, have killed four people and wounded eight others at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, throwing the region into fear and chaos during the morning commute.
At least one of the shooters is “down,” police said mid-morning, but it was unclear whether that means the suspect has been arrested or shot. They said the other suspect remains at large, and police believe they have pinned down one between the third and fourth floors of one of the buildings on the installation in Southeast Washington.
Source: Police say 2 shooters have killed 4, injured 8 on grounds of Washington Navy Yard – http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/police-search-for-active-shooter-on-grounds-of-washington-navy-yard-in-southeast-dc/2013/09/16/b1d72b9a-1ecb-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html
Navy spokesman: 2 suspects ‘down’ after deadly shooting at Naval Yard
Two suspected shooters “are down” at the Washington Navy Yard, according to Ed Zeigler, director of Public Affairs for Naval District Washington. Zeigler was not able to confirm whether the suspected gunmen had been taken into custody or killed.
(Witnesses in video on page say fire alarm went off and an announcement was made saying it was a fire emergency. Witness also reports the shooter was dark skinned.)
Source: Navy spokesman: 2 suspects ‘down’ after deadly shooting at Naval Yard – http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/16/us/dc-navy-yard-gunshots/
AP VIDEO – Raw: Police Respond to Reported Shooter at Navy Yard – http://youtu.be/SvlITMS6Xfk
AP VIDEO – Raw: Air Lift at Scene of Navy Yard Shooting – http://youtu.be/swc2RNMQzWo
AP VIDEO – Witness: ‘He Raised, and Aimed and Fired’ – http://youtu.be/KVguGm5sI5g
AP VIDEO – Police: 2 More Possible Suspects at Navy Yard – http://youtu.be/NFFLvqvDNQw
AP VIDEO – Shooting Rampage at DC’s Navy Yard – http://youtu.be/_CeQqY6HjfU
AP VIDEO – FBI Identifies Navy Yard Shooter – http://youtu.be/Vi3JHE5Wav4
AP VIDEO – New Security Concerns After Navy Yard Rampage – http://youtu.be/RqVOTmdbjj4
AP VIDEO – New Security Concerns After Navy Yard Rampage – http://youtu.be/RqVOTmdbjj4
AP VIDEO – FBI: Navy Yard Shooter Had Shotgun, Handgun – http://youtu.be/EdT6zNvvjfo
AP VIDEO – Navy Yard 911 Calls: ‘Multiple People Down’ – http://youtu.be/825gzKJGzt0
AP VIDEO – Obama on Shooting: Boost Background Checks – http://youtu.be/qTfRAowIlas
See: Navy Yard Shooter: 4 Killed, Gunman Used ‘Multiple Weapons’ – http://www.inquisitr.com/952505/navy-yard-shooter-4-killed-gunman-used-multiple-weapons/
See: The suspect is being described as a thin, bald, male and is carrying an assault weapon, according to law enforcement sources – http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/navy-yard-shooting-leaves-dead/story?id=20267283
See: Witness Patricia Ward told reporters “Everyone needs a card to enter the building.” (ABC News Live Special Report http://abcnews.go.com/live)
See: Bolling AFB Shooting a Hoax – Tweets – http://www.washingtonpost.com/grid/local/washington-navy-yard-shooting/
Washington Navy Yard shooting: Active shooter sought in Southeast D.C.
WASHINGTON – (WJLA) At least eight people were killed Monday morning when a person or persons opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, law enforcement sources confirm to ABC7.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said one gunman in the Navy Yard shooting is dead. But she said there are potentially two additional shooters on the loose.
She said one of the potential additional shooters is described as a white male in a khaki tan military uniform who was armed with a handgun. He was last seen at about 8:30 a.m.
Source: Washington Navy Yard shooting: Active shooter sought in Southeast D.C. – http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/09/washington-navy-yard-shooting-injures-several-people-94074.html
See: #BREAKING #NavyYardShooting UPDATE: MPD says they are searching for potentially two more shooters wearing military style uniforms but no evidence they are military officers. http://on.wusa9.com/168OJgt
Mayor Gray says “as far as we know, this is an isolated incident.”
CBS says one civilian employee disgruntled about job was shooter, now dead.
See: WUSA 9 – Navy Yard Shooting – VIDEOS – http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/275063/44/3-dead-in-Navy-Yard-shooting-2-shooters-down
At least 7 dead in Navy Yard shooting. Two possible suspects at large
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a mid-day news conference that one of the suspected shooters is dead, while authorities are looking for two other suspects wearing green and tan military style clothing.
“The big concern for us right now is that we have potentially two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” Lanier said.
Lanier described one as a white male wearing what appeared to be a khaki tan military uniform and a beret, and carrying a handgun. She said police also are looking for a black man, about 50, wearing an olive military-style uniform, and possessing a “long gun.”
Police are asking anyone with information on these two people to call 202-727-9099.
Source: At least 7 dead in Navy Yard shooting. Two possible suspects at large – http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/police-search-for-active-shooter-on-grounds-of-washington-navy-yard-in-southeast-dc/2013/09/16/b1d72b9a-1ecb-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html
Obama: Navy Yard shooting victims are ‘patriots’
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday called the victims of the Navy Yard shooting “patriots” and vowed that federal authorities would work closely with local police to make sure “whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible.”
Obama’s comments on the shooting reflected the murkiness of what is now a still-fluid situation after Monday morning’s mass shooting at a U.S. military installation in the nation’s capital. Shortly before Obama spokes, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that one shooter was dead and that police were searching for two more possible shooters.
Obama: Navy Yard shooting victims are ‘patriots’ – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/16/obama-navy-yard-shooting/2820975/
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — D.C. police say 12 people have died after a shooting at Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. Police say one shooter is believed to be dead and they are looking for two other possible shooters.
Among the people shot are a D.C. police officer, Navy Yard base officer and civilians. They were shot inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) at 8:20 a.m.
See: FULL COVERAGE –> http://on.wusa9.com/19XHvjA
VIDEO – How did shooters get in the building? – http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2676030293001
See: FULL COVERAGE –> http://on.wusa9.com/19XHvjA
VIDEO – More from White House on Navy Yard shooting – http://bcove.me/dguz3y8s
See: Police: Man in tan outfit not Navy Yard suspect – Police say a man in a tan, military-style outfit who had been sought in connection with the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard has been identified and is not a suspect or a person of interest in the slayings. http://ow.ly/2zX0He
Washington Navy Yard shooting: Aaron Alexis identified as shooter
The gunman in the Navy Yard shooting, Aaron Alexis, 34, is dead. But D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities are still searching for one person, described as a black male in his 50s, also armed and wearing a military-style olive green uniform.
See: Aaron Alexis was kicked out of the Navy in 2011 after arrest for firing a gun into neighbor’s apartment http://dailym.ai/1bno8UV
NBC, CBS quickly retract ID of Navy Yard shooter – Shooter had Rollie Chance’s Identification
Once again, major news organizations have blundered on a huge crime story.
NBC News and CBS News today identified a suspect in the carnage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., then rapidly retracted the story.
The embarrassing episode was reminiscent of similar overzealous reporting during the Boston Marathon massacre, when a number of news outlets prematurely reported that an arrest had been made.
CBS and NBC reported what they said was the name of the suspect in today’s D.C. shooting. But very quickly they basically said, “Never mind.”
At 12:58 p.m ET, Charlie Kaye of CBS took to Twitter to tweet, “BREAKING. @johnmillercbs advises the initial reports identifying the suspected shooter as Rollie Chance are wrong.”
Seven minutes later, NBC’s chief White House correspondent, tweeted, “NBC News: we are now NOT reporting name of shooter; retracting that report. deleting those tweets.”
Source: NBC, CBS quickly retract ID of Navy Yard shooter – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/09/16/networks-retract-id-of-dc-navy-yard-shooter/2821329/
Rollie Chance Wrongly ID’d By NBC, CBS As Navy Yard Shooter
A man named Rollie Chance was initially identified as the Navy Yard shooter (or one of the suspected gunmen) by two major networks before he was found to be home and safe during the incident and in the aftermath. The misidentification of Rollie Chance is reminiscent of early Newtown shooting reports, during which gunman Adam Lanza was initially and wrongly identified in several media reports as his brother Ryan Lanza, who was not involved with the Sandy Hook shooting.
At least 13 dead in Navy Yard shooting; possible suspect at large
At least 13 people are dead and several others were wounded after a shooter opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, police said, spreading fear and chaos across the region as authorities sought to contain the panic.
Source: At least 13 dead in Navy Yard shooting; possible suspect at large – http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/police-search-for-active-shooter-on-grounds-of-washington-navy-yard-in-southeast-dc/2013/09/16/b1d72b9a-1ecb-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html?hpid=z1
Navy Yard suspect arrested in ’04 Seattle shooting
The man identified as the shooter in the Washington Navy Yard slayings had been arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a parked car in what he described as an anger-fueled “black out.”
Two construction workers building a new home told police that Aaron Alexis walked out of a home next door on May 6, 2004, pulled a pistol from his waistband and fired three shots into the rear tires of their parked car.
Source: Navy Yard suspect arrested in ’04 Seattle shooting – http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Navy-Yard-suspect-arrested-in-04-Seattle-shooting-4819180.php
PBS VIDEO – Witnesses Raise Security Concerns at Navy Yard Post-Shooting – http://youtu.be/-yRi7u6QQA4
Navy Yard shooting suspect arrested in DeKalb County in 2008
The man named as the shooter in Monday’s mass killing at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, was also arrested in DeKalb County.
In 2008, Aaron Alexis was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. Alexis spent two nights in jail in August.
“I would like to know why he was here in DeKalb County and who he was associating himself with that at that time, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said.
Source: Navy Yard shooting suspect arrested in DeKalb County in 2008 – http://www.kpho.com/story/23454151/navy-yard-shooter-arresrted-in-dekalb-county-in-2008
Navy Yard gunman had been treated for mental illness
Aaron Alexis had been receiving VA help for paranoia and ‘hearing voices.’
U.S. law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that Alexis, who died in a shootout with law enforcement officers, had paranoia and a sleep disorder and was “hearing voices” in his head.
The Associated Press, quoting unidentified sources, said Alexis had been treated by the U.S. Veterans Affairs for serious mental illness, including “hearing voices.”
Source: Aaron Alexis had been receiving VA help for paranoia and ‘hearing voices.’ – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/17/navy-yard-shooting-aaron-alexis-washington/2824793/
Navy Yard shooting was in a very secure area
The shooting Monday at Washington’s Navy Yard that killed at least a dozen people occurred not only at a secure military installation but in a very secure building.
Source: Navy Yard shooting was in a very secure area – http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/navy-yard-shooting-secure-area-96876.html#ixzz2f7b0YHjC
U.S. Navy was warned that Washington shooter ‘heard voices’
Rhode Island police warned the U.S. Navy last month that Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had reported “hearing voices,” raising further questions about how he gained security clearance at the complex where he went on a shooting rampage.
Officials say Alexis, a Navy contractor and former Navy reservist, opened fire at the Naval Sea Systems Command on Monday, killing 12 people before police shot him dead…
He told police that he had twice moved hotels to avoid the noise he heard coming through the floor and the ceiling of his rooms, and that the people following him were using “some sort of microwave machine” to prevent him from sleeping.
Source: U.S. Navy was warned that Washington shooter ‘heard voices’ – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-navy-shooting-20130916,0,7505707.story
Aaron Alexis passed recent background checks by employer and gun store
The company that employed the Washington navy yard gunman, Aaron Alexis, said on Tuesday that his latest background check revealed only a minor traffic violation.
The Experts, a defence contractor, said the check on Alexis was carried out three months ago. The company said that had it known of his two arrests for gun-related offences, it would not have employed him.
Source: Aaron Alexis passed recent background checks by employer and gun store – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/aaron-alexis-background-check-employer-gun
See: The Experts Inc – http://www.expertsit.com/home/experts-home.php
See: THE EXPERTS STATEMENT ON DC NAVAL YARDS TRAGIC EVENT – http://www.expertsit.com/press/2013%2009%20-%20DC.pdf
After Navy Yard shooting, Obama says Congress should act
One day after a gunman killed 12 people in a mass shooting at the Navy Yard in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, President Obama said on Tuesday that it is up to Congress to firm up the nation’s gun laws.
Obama made an unsuccessful effort earlier this year to strengthen gun laws— most notably the background check system for firearm purchases — after a December shooting rampage at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school left 20 children dead.
Source: After Navy Yard shooting, Obama says Congress should act – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/17/obama-navy-yard-shooting-congress-gun-laws/2828885/
Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis acted alone: FBI
Aaron Alexis, the gunman who was shot down after opening fire at the Washington Navy Yard Monday, is believed to have acted alone.
The FBI gave additional details about the shooting on Tuesday afternoon, including the fact that Alexis was armed with a shotgun lawfully purchased in Virginia.
Valerie Parlave of the FBI said the authorities did not believe that Alexis was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle. He did, however, gain access to a handgun after the attack began.
The FBI continued to ask the public for any information they may have regarding Alexis.
Source: Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis acted alone: FBI – http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/130917/dc-navy-yard-gunman-aaron-alexis-was-mentally-ill-officials
Navy Yard shooter sought mental health treatment from VA
Alexis showed signs of paranoia and routinely carried a .45-caliber pistol in his belt while making deliveries for a Thai restaurant.
As recently as a month ago, Alexis had sought assistance for mental illness from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a federal law enforcement official said Tuesday.
Source: Navy Yard shooter sought mental health treatment from VA – http://www.lohud.com/usatoday/article/2825749
Contractors shocked by Navy Yard shooter’s security clearance
Contractors who do government work in the Navy Yard area said Tuesday that they don’t feel safe at their jobs after learning that contractor Aaron Alexis was cleared to work at the military facility despite a discharge from the Navy following aggressive and violent behavior.
“It’s shocking,” said Sidney Antommarchi, an enterprise architect for a firm that manages contracts for the Department of Defense. “I would expect a security clearance investigation would have turned up something like that.”
Source: Contractors shocked by Navy Yard shooter’s security clearance – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/17/navy-yard-shooter-security-clearance-contractors-shocked/2827665/
PBS VIDEO – How Did Aaron Alexis Get Security Clearance to Be a Defense Contractor? – http://youtu.be/sHUgDCxYTUU
PBS VIDEO – Navy Yard Tragedy Draws Attention to Who Has Access to Military Facilities – http://youtu.be/JAGpFyALIzg
Former Seattle home of Navy yard shooter visited by FBI
Hours after authorities believe 34-year-old Aaron Alexis went on a deadly shooting spree in the Washington D.C., Navy yards, FBI agents and Seattle police officers knocked on the door of the Seattle home where he used to live. It was also the site of Alexis’ first arrest for firing guns in anger, in 2004.
The FBI confirmed their agents were hoping to question Alexis’ relatives who still live in the Beacon Hill home. As they exited the home Monday night, the agents would not tell KIRO 7 if the family was cooperating.
Source: Former Seattle home of Navy yard shooter visited by FBI – http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/dead-suspect-navy-yard-shootings-had-been-arrested/nZyRs/
Washington Navy Yard shooter practiced with AR-15 at Virginia range two days before rampage, lawyer says
Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter, rented an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and used it for target practice at a Northern Virginia gun range and store less than two days before his shooting spree, according to the lawyer for the store.
J. Michael Slocum, a lawyer for Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Va., said in an email to NBC News that on Sept. 14 Alexis also bought a Remington 870 shotgun and a “small amount of ammunition — approximately 2 boxes- 24 shells.” Alexis listed his residence as being in Texas.
Source: Washington Navy Yard shooter practiced with AR-15 at Virginia range two days before rampage, lawyer says – http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/17/20535835-washington-navy-yard-shooter-practiced-with-ar-15-at-virginia-range-two-days-before-rampage-lawyer-says?lite
What we know about alleged shooter Aaron Alexis
Law enforcement sources told NBC News that Alexis had come to Washington, D.C. in recent days and was one of six contractors on the IT project. He and five coworkers on the project were staying at the Residence Inn, the sources said.
Source: What we know about alleged shooter Aaron Alexis – http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/16/20527513-what-we-know-about-alleged-shooter-aaron-alexis?lite
A closer look at security at NAVSEA HQ, Building 197
The headquarters, Building 197, contains classified and highly sensitive information about technical details of Navy ships and weapons, and it is closely guarded.
Visitors must first get access to the Washington Navy Yard with a military or civilian photo ID…
Capt. Michael Graham, who has worked there in Building 197 since 2008, said he had never seen a shelter in place drill at NAVSEA. The shelter in place order came shortly after initial reports of the shooting.
“I’ve seen the normal fire drills things like that, but never a shelter in place drill,” said Graham. “Normally the drills you have are to get out of the building.”
Source: A closer look at security at NAVSEA HQ, Building 197 – http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130916/NEWS/309160034/A-closer-look-security-NAVSEA-HQ-Building-197
D.C. massacre: Gun usage, violent video games cloud shooter’s past
Aaron Alexis, the suspected gunman in the U.S. Navy Yard shooting episode that left 13 people dead, had a checkered past that included run-ins with gun charges, violent video games and alcoholism.
Source: D.C. massacre: Gun usage, violent video games cloud shooter’s past – http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865586547/DC-massacre-Gun-usage-violent-video-games-cloud-shooters-past.html
Motive Still Unknown As FBI Continues Investigation Into Navy Yard Shooting
“We believe at this time that the deceased shooter, Aaron Alexis, acted alone,” Parlave told the press, “And with no other suspects at large, the investigation has moved into a phase of evidence recovery and information gathering.”
What we did learn from Parlave’s briefing is that Alexis entered Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard with “legitimate access…as a result of his work as a contractor,” and that he “utilized a valid pass to gain entry into the building.”
Parlave also commented on the misinformation floating around the media over the past day, particularly in regards to the alleged AR-15 semi-automatic rifle Alexis used, and cleared up by saying that he used a shotgun obtained legally in Virginia and possibly a handgun that he picked up after he entered the building. Parlave confirmed that Alexis did not use an AR-15.
Finally, Parlave shared what the FBI has learned about the days leading up to yesterday’s shootings, saying “Alexis arrived in the Washington, D.C. area on or about August 25th.” According to Parlave, “he has stayed at local hotels in the area since that time,” but most recently, the FBI learned that he had been staying at a residence in Southwest D.C. since September 7, and they’re looking into that.
Source: Motive Still Unknown As FBI Continues Investigation Into Navy Yard Shooting – http://dcist.com/2013/09/many_questions_to_be_answered_as_fb.php
Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis carved an indiscriminate path through Building 197
From the backpack, Alexis pulled a Remington 870 shotgun. He purchased it Saturday, along with a couple dozen shells, from a gun shop in Lorton, where he took some time to fire a few practice rounds on the shop’s range. He emerged from the men’s room Monday prepared to use it.
Source: Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis carved an indiscriminate path through Building 197 – http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/2013/09/17/77ed4446-1fc0-11e3-94a2-6c66b668ea55_story.html
WISN 12 VIDEO – Milwaukee native witness to Navy Yard shooting – http://youtu.be/FTdrg9zBfO0
FOX NEWS VIDEO – Former Navy SEAL: Shooting was probably an ‘inside job’ – http://video.foxnews.com/v/2675986272001/former-navy-seal-shooting-was-probably-an-inside-job/?intcmp=obnetwork
MSNBC VIDEO – Rhode Island Police Warned Navy About Mentally Unstable Military Contractor Weeks Before Shooting – http://youtu.be/51cLW-HKCp4
Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news — briefly
A U.S. law enforcement official said Monday that gunman Aaron Alexis unleashed a barrage of bullets using an AR-15, a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. Authorities believed the AR-15 was used for most of the shooting, the official said. The news prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, to issue a statement the same day asking, “When will enough be enough?”
Source: Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news — briefly – http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/17/us/ar-15-gun-debate/index.html
Navy Yard Shooter: What about that alleged AR-15?
Let’s take a loot at some of the reporting on the AR-15…
The Associated Press:
“Alexis carried three weapons: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun that he took from a police officer at the scene, according to two federal law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. The AR-15 is the same type of rifle used in last year’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that killed 20 students and six women. The weapon was also used in the shooting at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 and wounded 70.”
Read More: Navy Yard Shooter: What about that alleged AR-15? – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/09/17/navy-yard-shooter-what-about-that-alleged-ar-15/
Gunman believed to have assembled shotgun in men’s room
Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis cleared a security checkpoint with his contractor ID and carried his shotgun, unassembled, into Building 197 within minutes of starting his bloody rampage Monday, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Source: Gunman believed to have assembled shotgun in men’s room – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/17/navy-yard-shooting-aaron-alexis-washington/2824793/
Remembering the victims
Twelve people, plus the shooter, are dead and several others wounded after a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. We’ll continue to add to this page as we gather more information.
Source: Remembering the victims – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/local/navy-yard-shooting-victims/
#BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: WUSA9 has learned that a Capitol Police SWAT Team prepared to enter Navy Yard was ordered back to the Hill.
Members of the team are furious. They are convinced they could have saved lives.
One angry officer tells WUSA9 that the Capitol Police chief calls them “America’s Police Force.” But he says the watch commander “wouldn’t let them go in and stop people from being slaughtered.”
FULL STORY –> http://on.wusa9.com/1eQmeOR #NavyYardShooting
Navy Yard: Swat team ‘stood down’ at mass shooting scene
One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday’s shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.
A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.
Source: Navy Yard: Swat team ‘stood down’ at mass shooting scene – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/24153252
Report: Capitol Police thwarted from aiding at Navy Yard
An officer toldThe Washington Post that the officers’ union had filed a complaint.
“We were definitely the closest tactical team in the city,” the unidentified officer told the newspaper. “It was at the scene very early on, within a couple of minutes. They were ordered to disengage and turn back. For what reason, we don’t know.”
Source: Report: Capitol Police thwarted from aiding at Navy Yard – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/18/navy-yard-capitol-police-swat-team-recalled/2834079/
Officials: Navy Yard shooter carved odd messages into his gun before carnage
The phrases were: “Better off this way” and “My ELF weapon,” according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
The officials cautioned they do not yet know what, if anything, Alexis meant in the etchings.
ELF generally stands for “extremely low frequency,” and can refer to weather or communications efforts, among other things.
Alexis, who was battling mental health issues, told police in Rhode Island in August that he was hearing voices of three people who had been sent to follow him and keep him awake and were using “some sort of microwave machine” to send vibrations into his body, preventing him from falling asleep, according to police reports.
The law enforcement officials said they do not know if he was referring to those vibrations in his carvings. The Navy has used extremely low frequencies in several capacities, including a joint effort with the Air Force on the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). HAARP is often cited by conspiracy theorists.
Source: Officials: Navy Yard shooter carved odd messages into his gun before carnage – http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/officials-navy-yard-shooter-carved-odd-messages-into-his-gun-before-carnage/2013/09/18/edaae792-2065-11e3-8459-657e0c72fec8_story.html
Daily Mail – Washington shooter was a ‘cold blooded killer’ who tried to recreate the bloody slaughter he enjoyed in video games during massacre, says ex-gaming buddy
The Washington shooter tried to recreate the bloody slaughter he saw in video games during his massacre, a friend claimed on Tuesday.
Aaron Alexis ‘trained’ himself on Call of Duty then used buckshot bullets to see his victims get blown up, said Michael Ritrovato, who has know him for four years.
Mr Ritrovato said the use of buckshot showed that Alexis had been cold-blooded and had not just snapped.
Source: Washington shooter was a ‘cold blooded killer’ who tried to recreate the bloody slaughter he enjoyed in video games during massacre, says ex-gaming buddy – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2424223/Washington-shooter-cold-blooded-killer-tried-recreate-bloody-slaughter-enjoyed-video-games-massacre-says-ex-gaming-buddy.html
Navy base didn’t consider Navy Yard shooter a threat
Officials at the Navy base in Newport, R.I., failed to forward a report from local police last month that Monday’s alleged killer of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had complained about hearing voices coming from the ceiling of his hotel, a Pentagon official told USA TODAY.
Source: Navy base didn’t consider Navy Yard shooter a threat – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/18/navy-yard-shooting-aaron-alexis/2832451/
Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis told VA doctors he was not thinking of harming others
In both cases, doctors sent Alexis home with the medication, identified by law enforcement officials as Trazodone, a generic antidepressant that is widely prescribed for insomnia. The VA doctors told him to follow up with a primary-care doctor. It is unclear whether he did.
“Mr. Alexis was alert and oriented, and was asked by VA doctors if he was struggling with anxiety or depression, or had thoughts about harming himself or others, which he denied,” the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a memo sent to Congress on Wednesday.
Source: Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis told VA doctors he was not thinking of harming others – http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/navy-yard-gunman-aaron-alexis-told-va-doctors-he-was-not-thinking-of-harming-others/2013/09/18/aee01b22-20a6-11e3-b73c-aab60bf735d0_story.html
Surviving the Navy Yard massacre
We are learning more about what happened inside Building 197 from someone who was very lucky to get out alive. John Weaver lost six friends in the Washington Navy Yard shooting. He spoke to Anderson and recounted the horrifying moments when he was under fire, and those around him were getting hit. John also share his memories of those who lost their lives.
Source: Surviving the Navy Yard massacre – http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/?hpt=ac_ac
CNN VIDEO – Before he was the Navy Yard shooter – http://youtu.be/fpMU_8BSzPI
CNN VIDEO – Navy Yard survivor: ‘I got lucky’ – http://youtu.be/k3_8vTxYySM
CNN VIDEO – Navy Yard survivor: He’s slaughtering people with shots – http://youtu.be/4T_C8U2LSY0
12 Victims Killed, 8 Wounded in Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard, Suspected Gunman Killed
Surveillance video shows the gunman entered the NAVSEA building, at 1336 Isaac Hull Ave., with a shotgun, law enforcement officials told News4′s Jackie Bensen.
The suspected gunman shot a security officer in the head, killing him, and took the officer’s 9 mm pistol and a magazine of ammunition. The shooter then continued through the building and seemed to target his victims, who were mostly on the third and fourth floors, Bensen reported.
12 Victims Killed, 8 Wounded in Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard, Suspected Gunman Killed – http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Confirmed-Shooter-at-Navy-Yard-One-Person-Shot-223897891.html
Surveillance video reveals new details about Navy Yard shooting
…after examining surveillance video and interviewing survivor uhs officials give this revised account of what happened inside. alexis enters building 197 with a shotgun in a bag and went directly to the 4th floor, ducked into a men’s room and came out firing.
Source: Surveillance video reveals new details about Navy Yard shooting – http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/53046269/#53046269
Investigators review erratic behavior of D.C. gunman
Investigators have been focusing on the erratic behavior of a former Navy reservist who law enforcement officials say was grappling with paranoia and had reported hearing voices and being followed before he gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard this week.
Source: Investigators review erratic behavior of D.C. gunman - http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2021851220_apusnavyyardshooting.html
Horsford aide in mystery side story to Navy Yard shooting
“I pulled up New Jersey to M Street, and that is where I saw a man laying on the corner.
“At first he was unattended but within a few seconds I heard sirens barreling down the street and police officers there with yellow tape telling people to back away,” he said…
“The man on the ground was Vishnu Pandit, 61, who was one of the dozen workers at the Navy Yard killed by the gunman. Pandit, who had spent 30 years with the Navy, was carried from the fourth floor of Building 197 and driven by a security guard to that corner to wait for an ambulance.”
VIDEO – Escape From the Navy Yard: http://youtu.be/aN2zWvNlL70