Aaron Alexis is the alleged shooter at the Washington Navy Yard. IMAGE: Bustedmugshots.com
UPDATE, 6:24 EST: The Navy has released its fact sheet on Aaron Alexis. He enlisted in the Navy in May, 2007, when he was 28 or 29. His title was Aviation Electrician's Mate, 3rd Class. Alexis was awarded two medals: the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Aaron Alexis has been identified as the one of the shooters in the attack at the Washington Navy Yard, according to NBC’s Pete Williams. Alexis, 34 and from Fort Worth, Texas, is now dead, but before he died he helped kill at least twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard, whose only crime was showing up for work that day. Authorities are still on the hunt for two other potential shooters in connection with the Washington Navy Yard shooting.
Aaron Alexis was arrested three years ago in Forth Worth for discharging a weapon. He was also arrested in 2004 in Seattle for shooting out the tires of someone else's vehicle. Alexis later described his actions as an anger-induced "blackout." Alexis also told authorities that he was in New York during the September 11th attacks, which deeply disturbed him. Aaron Alexis' father, who was interviewed by authorities, said that Alexis was involved in several rescue missions in the aftermath of 9/11.
Aaron Alexis was identified as the Washington Navy Yard shooter using fingerprints. He had just begun work as a civilian contractor for the Navy, according to Williams. We can only speculate if the Navy Yard shooting was something Alexis had in mind at the time of hiring or if it was more spontaneous than that. At the moment, Alexis is the only confirmed gunman in connection to the Washington Navy Yard shooting. The possibility of other gunman arose from surveillance footage that showed someone other than Alexis drawing a weapon, but it is not clear if this was part of a coordinated attack at the Washington Navy Yard or if the two men were responding to Alexis.
Alexis entered the Navy Yard facility using the ID of someone who was recently demoted or discharged not long ago, so his badge had not been deactivated. The man whose ID Alexis used has been arrested at his home, and is being questioned by police.