Aaron Alexis called Newport cops over ‘voices’ before DC shooting

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The man who went on a shooting rampage Monday, killing 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, reportedly called Newport, Rhode Island police last month to complain about “harassing voices.”

Aaron Alexis, 34, told police the voices were taunting him through a wall at his hotel and that he worried they might harm him, The Globe reports.

Police said Tuesday they alerted the Navy that day that Aaron Alexis was hearing voices.

According to a police report, two Newport police officers were called to a Marriott in town around 6 a.m. Aug. 7. Alexis told them he was in town as a naval contractor. Newport is the site of Naval Station Newport, the Naval War College and several military contractors.

Alexis reportedly told police he had gotten in an argument while boarding a flight in Virginia, and he believed the person he argued with sent three people to follow him and use a microwave machine to send vibrations into his body so he could not fall asleep.

He said he checked into two hotels previously, one on the Navy base, and could not get away from them. Police said Alexis would not tell officers what the voices were saying, and denied having a history of mental illness in his family or experiencing similar psychotic episodes.

‘‘He was concerned for his own safety,’’ Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald said Tuesday.

Later that day, Newport police alerted police at the naval station and sent them a copy of the police report because Alexis said he was a contractor, Fitzgerald said. ‘‘What he was claiming didn’t sound right,’’ he said.

Alexis was killed Monday in a gunbattle with police.

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