Federal officials have identified Alexis, a government civilian contractor who was new to the Washington, D.C., area, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation. He may have used the identification badge of another person to gain access to the base.Why do they say that?
Federal officials say Alexis was arrested in Fort Worth on Sept. 5, 2010, on suspicion of discharging a weapon. The Tarrant County district attorney did not prosecute.Alexis was 34 at the time of death. He is the right age that if he started to lose his sanity in his 20s, this would all fit.
UPDATE: More from the Los Angeles Times:
The 34-year-old former Navy electrician’s mate identified as the gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been discharged from the service in 2011 after multiple disciplinary infractions, a Navy officer said Monday.If that was a dishonorable discharge, then he could not have bought any guns from a licensed dealer. I see that the FBI is looking for more information about this guy.
UPDATE 2: More and more curious. September 16, 2013 CTV News reports:
Two construction workers building a new home told police that Aaron Alexis walked out of a home next door on May 6, 2004, pulled a pistol from his waistband and fired three shots into the rear tires of their parked car.
Alexis later told police he thought the victims had "disrespected him" and "mocked him" earlier that morning after he discovered that his own vehicle had been tampered with. Alexis also told detectives he didn't remember firing his weapon until about an hour later, according to the police report.According to Alexis' father, he had PTSD problems related to rescue work he apparently did on 9/11. But of course, in spite of being arrested and charged, there seems to have been no trial on these charges... which might have put his name on the "no guns" list.
The September 16, 2016 Boston Herald gives more details on the 2010 Texas negligent discharge of a firearm charge, but this at least gives a plausible reason why he was not charged.
UPDATE 3: I suspect an epic fail for the gun control crowd is about to happen. September 16, 2013 NBC Washington is reporting:
When it was over, the suspected gunman lay dead amid an armload of weapons. Sources told News4 that surveillance footage showed that he began his attack with a shotgun, but was found with a 9mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle.
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams is reporting Alexis purchased a shotgun in Lorton, Va. during the past week or so.
The suspected gunman appeared to have seized firearms from two of his victims as he moved through the building along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, where 3,000 Navy employees go to work each day, many of them carrying authorized firearms.So unless we ban shotguns...no gun control law would have mattered here. Disarm the Navy?