Who was Aaron Alexis? Suspected gunman was ex-Navy, had prior arrests

Deceased suspect Aaron Alexis. Credit: FBI
Deceased suspect Aaron Alexis.
Credit: FBI

A gunman who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, killing at least 12 people, has been identified by his fingerprints as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy serviceman.

The FBI is now seeking information about Alexis, naming him the deceased suspect on its website. Alexis was arrested in 2004 after shooting the tires of a vehicle driven by construction workers doing a job in his neighborhood in Seattle, police said. He told officers he was having an anger-fueled “blackout” at the time he fired shots after he felt the workers mocked him. Officers said he also told them he was in NYC the day of the Sept. 11 attacks and felt “disturbed” by the events.

Public records website Busted Mug Shots has an arrest record for Alexis from Sept. 4, 2010, for discharge of a firearm in Fort Worth, Texas. No charges were filed after police determined Alexis accidentally fired the gun while cleaning it.

Aaron Alexis’ father, Algernon Alexis, told Reuters he was stunned by the news of his son’s involvement. He said his son, who served in the Navy from 2008 to 2011, was studying while working a computer-related job for a private company.

“This comes as a complete shock,” he said.

Alexis recently moved from Fort Worth to D.C. to work as a civilian contractor. He was a Brooklyn native who spoke Thai and mediated regularly at a Buddhist temple. He had also worked as a waiter in a Thai restaurant.

Alexis reportedly carried several guns with him during Monday’s attack, including an assault rifle. At least 13 people, including Alexis, were killed in today’s rampage. Several others were also injured.

Follow Cassandra Garrison on Twitter: @CassieAtMetro

Aaron Alexis, who the FBI believe to be responsible for the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in the Southeast area of Washington, DC, is shown in this poster released by the FBI on September 16, 2013. Credit: Reuters
The FBI released this flyer seeking information on Aaron Alexis, who is thought to be responsible for the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.
Credit: Reuters

News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek mother of slain 11-year-old on involuntary…

Police are seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old brother two weeks ago on involuntary manslaughter…

Local

Chestnut Hill College student found dead Wednesday morning

A 22-year-0ld Chestnut Hill College student was found dead this morning inside a college dormitory, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Books

Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 16: 'The Americans,'…

'The Americans' Philip and Elizabeth face "painful turns" in their missions. Maybe next week they'll have a nice easy mission with no moral ambiguity? Probably…

Movies

Review: 'Bears' is a cute Disney doc about…

Disney's latest nature doc, "Bears," doesn't completely shy away from the fact that its subjects would devour you (or eachother) if they had the chance.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

NHL

Flyers must make Rangers feel their presence

Perhaps it’s the proximity of the two biggest cities in the East, because whenever these two square off the intensity seems to rise.

Food

Wahlbergs expanding Wahlburgers fast food joint across North…

Wahlburgers will open new restaurants in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia.

Wellbeing

Could a facelift give you the edge at…

It's not just women lining up for procedures.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Comments

1

  1. I think the real “crazy” people maybe the vast section of the American public who are buying this crap. According to one report, three people were keeping Alexis awake by sending vibrations through the ceiling and walls. Explanation: That only means three people were playing LOUD MUSIC. Also, he reportedly said that someone was sending microwave vibrations keeping him awake. Explanation: He had his cell phone on his person set on vibrate–all night long. Cell phones intercept microwaves. Alexis is also said to be hearing voices. Well, if some one is speaking to him are near him…yes he will hear voices. What is being implied is that people with undiagnosed schizophrenia are going to get a gun and start massacring random people? Rubbish. The truth is, everything there is to know about Aaron Alexis, was known from the start. Someone is just buying time to put together a plausible explanation that will stand up over time to scrutiny.