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Navy Yard Killer Had History of Mental Illness

September 17, 2013  | 

Photos courtesy of FBI.
Photos courtesy of FBI.
The man authorities say killed 12 people in Monday's Washington Navy Yard rampage had a history of mental illness and reportedly told people he was hearing voices, federal officials told the Washington Post.

Aaron Alexis, who was given an honorable discharge as a Navy reservist in 2011, had contact with the VA recently. Alexis was killed in a 30-minute gun battle with police. Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Officer Scott Williams was wounded in the exchange.

On Aug. 7, while on a trip to Newport, R.I., Alexis called Newport Police officers to his hotel room, where he told them he was being followed by three people who were keeping him awake "by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body."

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Tags: Mentally Ill Subjects, Gun Battles, Metro (D.C.) PD, Navy Yard Shooting


Comments (7)

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Ron Dartez @ 9/17/2013 7:51 PM

Stop talking about him. He is dead and needs to be forgotten. That is the trouble with a lot of these brain-dead jerks. They seem to live on instead of being buried and forgotten. If you want to talk about someone, mention the good people that are killed, that we will never know about and have nothing but their families to remember them. That's who you need to write about.

Rick @ 9/18/2013 8:14 AM

Ah, the truth is beginning to come out. He was a liberal, supported Obama, had a history of bad conduct, had a history of feeling repressed/discriminated against, shouldn't have been allowed a security clearance to allow him access to that base, had bad feelings about the Navy, was on pyschotropic DRUGS that cause homicidal or suicidal thoughts like every other active shooter lately and took his paranoid thoughts out on innocent people that were in a gun free area, and despite what was reported HE DID NOT USE AN AR15. More gun control will not prevent such an attack in the future.

Chuck @ 9/18/2013 11:56 AM

Sounds eerily like dorner and his history. As far as the AR15 assault rifle (an AR15 is not an assault rifle but don't let that get in the way of the media or their reports) the Communist News Network (CNN) reporter said this piece of crap committed this horrendous act using an AR15 shotgun. Whatever it takes to get you personal agenda across I guess, truth or not.

marilyn @ 9/19/2013 4:11 AM

It was a General Discharge, not honorable. General means a history with behavior. He was never arressted for the accidentail discharge of a firearm x2. Flags should have gone up..

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/20/2013 1:49 AM

It's great to see that responding officers from Newport Police took no notice of a severely mentally ill person. Even a rookie could see this man needed observation and treatment. This is where the entire system broke down and had Mr Alexis been placed into observation and had a mental evaluation none of the events that came after would have ever happened. Police need more training to deal with the mentally ill because they do not recognize any of the warning signs of a pending disaster, this guy was demanding help and all he got was laughed at.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/20/2013 1:56 AM

And Rick@ needs in patient observation really bad. From his manefesto of blame he should be on stronger medicine because his current level is just not enough.

Chuck @ 9/20/2013 8:23 AM

ima;
dear lord you assume a lot. if you read the news (again using the term very loosely for what we now have for reporting and news media) report, it did state that this guy was treated twice for his issues. you point fingers and place blame on the officers that responded to his room at the hotel because they didn't do anything... WTH, how do you know what they did or didn't do? if you are in the LE business you should know that just because you are crazy doesn't mean an officer can do something, you have to be a danger to yourself or others, hearing voices doesn't quite rise to the standard LE has to follow in order to take action. stop blaming the cops for a crazy persons actions. also, how exactly do you get that the only help he got was being laughed at by the officers? you like to fill in the blanks a lot don't you?

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