Another lone gun man goes on a rampage

… this time at the Washington Navy Yard – Published on Intrepid Report, by Jerry Mazza, Sept 19, 2013.

Aaron Alexis, 34, a civilian contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, was identified by officials as the shooter who was killed in a gun battle with police responding to Monday morning’s attack at the Washington Navy Yard that left 12 employees dead.

Alexis’ father claimed that his son was a first responder on September 11, 2001. He did not mention in what capacity. But he said his son suffered dark moods from PTSD, and his otherwise friendly nature could turn violent. The discharge for misconduct may have triggered this incident.  

Alexis, who killed 12 people at Navy Yard building 197, had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, law enforcement officials said. He had been a Navy reservist on duty before being given an honorable discharged, despite a string of misconduct problems

Alexis had also been hearing voices in his head, a classic symptom of schizophrenia, and had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation in the case was continuing.

The attack began just after 8 a.m. Alexis died later as he traded shots with responding police, although it was unclear if he killed himself or was brought down by police.

He most likely gained entry into the facility with a CAC card, or a common access card. The system does not require workers to pass through a metal detector and usually only requires employees to show the card. Senior military officials said that he most likely shot his way into building 197, because that building requires a separate pass he did not have … //

… As mentioned earlier, Alexis was arrested in Seattle for shooting out the tires of a construction worker’s car in an incident he later described as “an anger-fueled blackout.”

At least three people, including a city police officer, suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds inside building 197 at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. Hospital officials said all three were expected to recover. Authorities said five other people suffered minor non-gun injuries.

Hundreds of workers in the Navy complex were forced to hide in their offices or flee for safety while gunshots echoed from a gunman firing a shotgun into the cafeteria and other parts of the building.

Gray Humes, a programs manager with the Navy, was entering the buildings where the shootings took place around 8:20 A.M. when he was met by people fleeing and warning of a shooter inside. He and more than 100 others ran to into the US Navy Museum across the street. “I decided to go in to work a little late this morning,” he said “I guess God was with me.”

Internal security at the Navy Yard building had already “identified and engaged the shooter” by the time the first D.C. police arrived,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

She said police exchanged gunfire with the shooter “multiple times” before the final gun battle. “It’s one of the worst things we’ve seen in Washington, D.C.” Lanier said.

A surveillance video of the shooting was being reviewed and scores of investigators were interviewing hundreds of witnesses.

Alexis was an online student at the Fort Worth campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pursuing a bachelor’s of science in aeronautics, the school said. Alexis must have had some real intelligence to be involved in subjects this difficult. That was the other part of his personality.

With the city on edge, the Secret Service arrested a man for tossing firecrackers over the White House fence late Monday. The Secret Service locked down the White House when the incident happened, fearing the pops could have been gunshots.

Thus, this becomes another tragic slaughter of the innocents, following at least a half dozen incidents within several years, involving individuals going on shooting rampages.
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(Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. An EBook version of his book of poems “State Of Shock,” on 9/11 and its after effects is now available at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. He has also written hundreds of articles on politics and government as Associate Editor of Intrepid Report (formerly Online Journal). Reach him here).

Links:

Posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD on en.wikipedia
is a severe condition that may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as sexual assault, serious injury or the threat of death.[1] The diagnosis may be given when a group of symptoms such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, and hyperarousal (high levels of anxiety) continue for more than a month after the traumatic event[1] …;

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