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Washington Navy Yard Shooting Suspect Aaron Alexis Had Weapons Charge, Received Medals

Aaron Alexis, 34, was killed in the shootings that left at least 12 dead. He had at least one previous firearms charge.

Washington Navy Yard shooting suspect Aaron Alexis, 34.
Washington Navy Yard shooting suspect Aaron Alexis, 34.

By Mary Stachyra Lopez

The FBI has identified the suspect killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage as Aaron Alexis, 34, who apparently used his status as a contractor to gain access to the complex in Washington's Southeast quadrant.

Alexis was killed during a Monday morning shooting rampage at the Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead.

While Alexis was apparently arrested, but never convicted, on a weapons charge, so far nothing is known about his service in the Navy that would raise red flags. In fact, the Navy had awarded Alexis a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. 

He joined the Navy as a recruit in May 2007 in Great Lakes, Illinois, eventually making his way down to the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron in Fort Worth, Texas. He achieved the rank of Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class / AE3 on Dec. 16, 2009. 

According to The Washington Post, who quoted his aunt Helen Weeks, Aaron Alexis grew up in Brooklyn with his mother Sarah and father Anthony Alexis.

“We haven’t seen him for years,” Weeks told the paper in a telephone interview. “I know he was in the military. He served abroad. I think he was doing some kind of computer work.”

Information with the picture of Aaron Alexis, posted on MugshotsOnline.com, says he was arrested in 2010 for "discharge of firearm in certain municipalities" in Fort Worth, Texas.

An arrest record from Tarrant County in September 2010 shows Alexis was arrested for discharging his weapon.

According to NBC News, a neighbor called police “after hearing a bullet rip through her floor and ceiling. He told police he had been cleaning the weapon when it slipped and accidentally pulled the trigger. They filed the police with the district attorney’s office but charges were never filed.”

Authorities ask anyone who has information on Alexis to contact the FBI's Washington, DC Field Office at 202/278-2000 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.
egon September 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM
WERES AL SHARPTON NOW???????????????
Christopher Koulouris September 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM
What's compelling is why Aaron Alexis as a new civilian hire methodically went about choosing his targets? Was this really about settling old scores, terrorism or something much more, after all think about the mindset to take down a military complex (of all things) with an assassination plan aimed at maximum lethal effect… http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2013/09/aaron-alexis-washington-navy-gunman-killed-fired-selectively-targets/
Terry DeCarlo September 17, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Déjà vu? AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN HIT BY 10 OF ITS FORMER AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE CONTESTANTS WITH A $250 MILLION LAWSUIT, ALLEGING IDOL PRODUCERS GASSED UP AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE CONTESTANTS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS, ONLY TO SHOWBOAT THEIR DISQUALIFICATION ON-CAMERA TO INCREASE THEIR RATINGS. Same shat, different day. That’s the exact same reason the media is now getting a hard-on after they illegally obtained information on Aaron’s past. This is so damn wrong. Damn.
Charlie McKeon September 17, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Yet another massacre because of this country's reckless policy of a gun for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to shoot at and shoot down whomever they please. When are the people going to take back their country from the NRA?
Carol Lewis September 17, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Nothing like a shooting to bring out the worst in some Patch readers. Denise, Egon, and Bill Solter, if you'd watch his show you'd know that Rev Al always talks about shootings no matter what the race of the perpetrator and he did yesterday. Gale and RoseMarie, you might want to stop and think about the fact that the vast overwhelming majority of mass shooters are white, in fact all of them were in the recent shootings except this guy. And Gale, no, "those people" do not commit most of the crimes. As for black on white crime, most white people are killed by other white people because that is who is in their neighborhoods; most black people are killed by other black people. I don't want your guns, I just want common sense laws governing them. You have to register your dog, for pete's sake, why not your gun.

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