Gunman, 34, who murdered TWELVE in Washington Navy Yard rampage claimed he had ‘anger issues ‘

REVEALED: Gunman, 34, who murdered TWELVE in Washington Navy Yard rampage

claimed he had ‘anger issues’ after rescuing victims of 9/11 and was kicked out of Navy

after 2011 gun charge

  • Aaron Alexis, 34, named as the heavily armed gunman who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C. – killing 12 people and injuring up to 15 more
  • He is reported to have used an AR-15 assault rifle during his rampage and was also armed with a shotgun and handgun
  • SWAT Teams fought a heavy gun battle with him and shot him dead
  • Alexis served in the U.S. Navy for almost four years before he was discharged in 2011 for ‘misconduct’
  • He was awarded two Medals during his military service
  • It has been reported he was kicked out of the U.S. Navy because of an arrest for discharging his own gun in 2010; similar incident in 2004
  • FBI has reportedly ruled that Alexis was the only shooter, but they are still searching for another man who is a person of interest related to shooting
  • All of the 15 people wounded are in critical condition, authorities said
  • President Obama vowed Monday to hold responsible those who carried out the ‘cowardly’ mass shooting, while calling the victims ‘patriots’

The Washington Navy Yard gunman who killed 12 today has previously claimed to be suffering from PTSD after helping rescue efforts in New York following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Gunman Aaron Alexis was shot dead by responding officers after he opened fire inside a Navy facility around 8am on Monday morning.

Since he was identified as the shooter, reports have come out revealing that it was not the first time that he was involved in a shooting.

In 2004, he was arrested in Seattle for shooting the tires of someone’s car during an anger-fueled ‘blackout’.

‘He said that he didn’t remember pulling the trigger of his firearm until about one hour later,’ according to the Seattle police report.

Later he said that he felt the intended victim ‘disrespected him’.

The report states that his father said his anger issues stemmed back to his time in New York where he helped the rescue efforts following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The shooter’s father told police ‘that his son had experienced anger management problems that the family believed associated [sic] with PTSD.’

He was arrested in relation to this instance but never charged, and the same outcome occurred in Fort Worth, Texas where Alexis was living in 2010.

He was arrested for discharging a firearm when his neighbor reported that Alexis fired a shot into their apartment. At the time, Alexis claimed that his hand slipped when he was cleaning his gun, accidentally shooting the weapon.

Today Alexis- who had three different types of guns on him when he was shot- killed at least 12 people in cold blood this morning at the Washington Navy Yard. The motive has not been revealed, speculation is growing his dismissal from the U.S. Navy for ‘misconduct’ in January 2011 may have inspired him to commit a deadly revenge.

It has also been revealed he was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal prior to his discharge in January 2011.

The family of the Washington shooter are ‘distraught’ to learn that he carried the massacre, relatives told MailOnline today.


Frantic Search: Emergency responders arrive at the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, where several people were killed and others injured when at least one gunman opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard









Escape: Employees at the naval yard run from the building with their hands in the air following the shooting
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Despite the lack of acknowledged motive, one U.S. official has been quoted as saying Alexis was kicked out of the Navy in 2011 for a series of incidents of ‘misconduct’.
Law enforcement said that Alexis’ identity was confirmed by fingerprints and that he served in the U.S. Navy between May 5th, 2007 and January 31st, 2011, the date he was dismissed from the service.
A U.S. Navy spokesman said that Alexis was an ‘aviation electrician’s mate’ – ranked as a third class petty officer and served at the Naval Air Station in Fort Worth, Texas.
He is reported to have enlisted in New York and the Brooklyn native graduated from boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois as an Airman Recruit.
Throughout the late 1990s to 2002, he was listed as living in Manhattan and Queens in New York City – and he still maintains his New York social security number and is registered as a voter in New York City.


Alexis, who worked as a civilian I.T. contractor at the military base in the nation’s capital, entered the cafeteria of Building 197 just before 8.15 a.m. brandishing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, shotgun and handgun and began shooting.

It is thought that he used another employee of the base’s identification card to gain entry to the heavily secured Building 197, where he carried out his deadly attack.

After SWAT teams swarmed the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command the FBI said that Alexis was shot dead by officers.

During his rampage witnesses said he appeared to fire at selected targets and not randomly.

Washington D.C.’s FBI field office also reportedly said that they have ‘all assets out’ as they search for one other possible shooter they described as a black man in his 40s or his 50s.

According to a deleted Linked In profile, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and worked for a tech firm.

A former roommate from Ft. Worth, the owner of Happy Bowl Thai restaurant, told NBC News he had not seen Alexis in three months.


Tragic shooting: The Medical Examiner wheels a body on a gurney out of the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital shortly after it was announced that the first victim of the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington had died












Police records reveal that Alexis was arrested for accidently discharging a firearm at his Ft. Worth home in September 2010.

A witness who lived in a neighboring apartment told police that she heard a pop and then to her horror a hole appeared in her floor and ceiling.

Alexis told police he was cleaning his gun when while cooking and that his hands were slippery.
All charges against him were dropped.

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department chief Cathy Lanier said the other potential gunman was wearing a military-style uniform and has greying sideburns.


‘It appears that we have at least 13 fatalities … it doesn’t get much more serious than that, obviously,’ said Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.


‘We have no known motive at this stage. We will continue the investigation to try and figure out what that motive is.’

‘We don’t have any reason to suspect terrorism, but certainly it has not been ruled out.’


The White House- Washington DC. Outside the White House security presence was elevated after the mass shooting today at the Washington Naval Yard

Previously, Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said that law enforcement were searching for two individuals, one white and one black.
However, police have said they have identified the white individual and he’s not a suspect or person of interest
‘The big concern for us right now is that we have potentially two other shooters that we have not located at this point,’ Lanier said earlier this afternoon.
Witnesses reported one man described as an African-American male dressed in military fatigues and armed with an AR-15 assault rifle opening fire upon entering the base at the Naval Sea System Command HQ.
Police are investigating whether the ID of a former Navy petty officer called Rollie Chance was used by Alexis to gain entrance to the the Navy Yard compound.
FBI investigators visited Chance’s home Monday but have not revealed how Alexis obtained the identification.
Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.

‘He just turned and started firing,’ Brundidge said.
Patricia Ward, who works at the Navy Yard, described how she was in the cafeteria when she heard ‘three gunshots, pow-pow-pow, straight in a row.’
‘All of the people that were in the cafeteria, we all panicked, and we were trying to decide which way we were going to run out,” she said to NBC News. “I just ran.’

Tim Hogan, a spokesman for Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada, posted photos to his Twitter account of people helping someone who had been hit by gunfire.
The attacks came three days after al-Qaeda used the 12th anniversary of 9/11 to call for strikes on America.
The mass shooting was the deadliest in the United States since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut last December, and the worst at a military base since 13 people were killed at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

Police who responded to shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, leave the facility

We don’t even know, most of us, ourselves, the identities of the victims at this stage,’ said Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
Three people, including a Washington D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with gunshot wounds.
They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters this afternoon during an emotional press conference.
Hundreds of SWAT and FBI rapid response units descended on the nation’s capital to deal with the situation which unfolded just before 8.30 a.m. this morning.

The number of injured was not clear as of the early evening on Monday, but some reports placed it as high as 16.
Initial reports from the scene were that one of the suspects walked up to the facility, opened fire and then ran inside the building.
‘The first call arrived, and ‘within 2 to 3 minutes, MPD officers were on the scene .. within 7 minutes we had active shooter teams … moving inside the building,’ said Lanier.
Metro police got into ‘a final gun battle’ that killed the suspect.
‘One of the worst things we’ve seen in Washington, D.C.’
‘There was gunfire still going on’ while officers searched.
‘There’s no question he would have kept shooting’ if officers hadn’t killed him
Civilians inside the military complex described the frantic scenes that greeted them first thing on a Monday morning.

On the move: The naval base descended into chaos this morning after shots were fired around 8.20am

‘There was three gunshots straight in a row,’ said Patricia Ward, who works at the Navy Yard, describing how she first heard the gunfire while having breakfast at the headquarters building.
A few seconds later, Ward said she heard four more gunshots. Security guards rushed in and got people out as fast as they could – ”Run, run, run, ‘they told people,’ Ward told reporters.
NBC News, citing a senior naval officer at the Navy Yard, said at least 12 people had been shot.
‘We saw him hold the rifle, and we saw him aim it in our direction,’ said one witness to Fox News.
Another Navy official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said more than one gunman may have been involved. The Washington Post reported at one point that there were several gunmen.
The Navy said in a statement the shooting took place at the heavily guarded headquarters, where about 3,000 people work.
The shooting hit the military establishment less than three week after U.S. Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for murdering 13 people in 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas, where he gunned down unarmed soldiers in what he later called retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim countries.
The Navy Yard is believed to have tight security.
Visitors without military ID must have a valid reason for entry and provide some other civilian identification.
The gates are protected by U.S. Marines and civilian security guards.
The National Museum of the U.S. Navy is in the grounds of the Navy Yard – and open to the public. However they must show ID to enter.
One victim was reported to have been shot on the roof of a building, reported News4’s Tony Tull.
A U.S. Park Police helicopter lowered a basket to a building and lifted what appeared to be a shooting victim from the roof just before 10 a.m.

A Navy Yard employee told MailOnline that she thought the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard was undergoing a Fort Hood-style attack when she heard a total of nine shots on Monday morning, as a gunman opened fire on workers at one of the Navy’s largest facilities.
And she added that she wished she could have carried a gun to work with her.
‘A group of four of us were getting coffee down the hall and we heard three “pop, pop, pop” sounds,’ said Pat – who asked MailOnline not to publish her last name.
‘We all looked at each other and froze. And I said, “Oh, Jesus, here we go again. It’s another Fort Hood.”’
Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 and injured 30 others in a jihad-inspired attack at the Texas military base on November 5, 2009. A military panel recommended a death sentence for Hasan on August 28.
Pat, who lives in a northern Virginia suburb of Washingtno, D.C., said she heard another group of six gunshots after the first barrage.

‘They couldn’t have been more than 30 or 40 yards away. We didn’t hear people screaming or anything. I mean, these are military folks we work with. But within a half-minute everyone was rushing down the hall and headed to the emergency exits.

‘I heard lots of voices saying, “Let’s go! Now!” and in a minute or so I was outside.’
She spoke with MailOnline at a satellite parking lot adjacent to Nationals Park, where family members of Navy Yard employees met their loved ones.
Although she emerged unscathed, Pat said she would have felt safer if she had been permitted to carry her own gun to work.
‘I’m a gun owner, and so is my husband,’ Pat said, ‘but I work in D.C. so I can’t carry a weapon. Now I wish they would let us do it anyway. I felt like a fool walking around unarmed after shots were fired.’
SWAT officers, military police, U.S. Capitol police and Washington city police all rushed to respond.
Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. has, currently, ‘no known connection to terrorism,’ according to an early internal Department of Homeland Security document obtained by The Daily Caller.
‘Metropolitan Police is responding to reports of shots fired at the Washington Navy Yard Base,’ the DHS report reads.
‘Multiple units responding including SWAT unit at this time. Subject allegedly has multiple weapons.’
Earlier, according to a source at the Joint Terrorism Task Force there is no evidence that the attack is terror related at this time.
‘There are 12 dead including the shooter. The entire JTTF is active on the case. But there is no conclusion that it’s terror-related but DHS is leading the investigation and police are searching for two more suspects,’ a source told the MailOnline.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, President Obama said that ‘We send our thoughts and prayers to all the Navy Yard who have been touched by this tragedy.’
The president spoke of how the spectre of mass shootings had reared its head in America again and said that despite the Navy Yards housing civilians as well as military personnel,’Today they faced the unimaginable violence they wouldn’t have expected at home.’
The Capitol police said they were stepping up security on the Capitol grounds and the White House.
Washington police told WRC that nearby schools were being locked down, and that some bridges were being closed as a precautionary measure.

Emergency personnel are on scene and a ‘shelter in place’ order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.
One suspect has been described as a black male, believed to be nearly six feet tall, wearing a military uniform and black hat, WUSA 9 News in D.C. reported.
President Obama was briefed about the shooting, according to a statement from the White House issued earlier in the morning.
‘The President directed his team to stay in touch with our federal partners, including the Navy and FBI, as well as the local officials,’ the statement said.
‘We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site.’
The shooter was “contained” but not yet in custody, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Helicopters swarmed overhead, schools were on lockdown and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were grounded as authorities swarmed the area in southeast D.C., just miles from the Capitol.

Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria. Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway.
As witnesses emerged from the building, a helicopter hovered over the building, schools were on lockdown and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were briefly grounded. Less than 2 miles away, security was beefed up at the Capitol, but officials said there was no known threat there.
The exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was not immediately known. About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and combat systems.
Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.
‘He just turned and started firing,’ Brundidge said.
Terrie Durham, an executive assistant with the same agency, said she also saw the gunman firing toward her and Brundridge.

‘He aimed high and missed,’ she said. ‘He said nothing. As soon as I realized he was shooting, we just said, “Get out of the building.”‘
Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s cafeteria on the first floor. Mason said he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.
Shortly after the gunfire, Mason said someone on an overhead speaker told workers to seek shelter and later to head for the gates at the complex.
Police and federal agents from multiple law enforcement agencies responded. Ambulances were parked outside, streets in the area were closed and departures from Reagan National Airport were temporarily halted for security reasons.
Among the wounded was a D.C. police officer, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.
A U.S. Park Police helicopter hovered over the building and appeared to drop a basket with a person onto the roof.
Officials at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said two shooting victims had been brought there.
District of Columbia schools officials said six schools and one administrative building in the vicinity of the Navy Yard were placed on lockdown. The action was taken out an abundance of caution, schools spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz said.
Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at George Washington Hospital said that they have taken three people who are seriously injured but have good chances of survival.
The doctor said that all victims are conscious and speaking. She said the first male victim has multiple gunshot wounds to the leg.
The second victim is female and has been shot in the shoulder. The third victim is female and has been shot in the head.
The hospital said that it is expecting to receive more of the injured.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. With a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion, NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy’s entire budget.
The Navy Yard is along the Anacostia River in Washington, near the headquarters of the Department of Transportation and the Washington Nationals baseball stadium.

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