Navy Yard Shooter Identified
Authorities ID suspect as Aaron Alexis; death toll hits 13
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 16, 2013 3:07 PM CDT
Updated Sep 16, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
A US Park Police helicopter continues a search pattern above the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The FBI has identified the alleged shooter responsible for today's Washington Navy Yard shooting as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas, the Washington Post reports. At the same press conference, officials confirmed the death toll in the shooting has risen to 13—including Alexis. Alexis served four years in the Navy as a full-time reservist, and was discharged in 2011. Sources tell the AP that Alexis has a criminal record—CBS reports that he was arrested in 2010 for discharging a firearm in public—but nonetheless has a concealed carry permit in Texas. During the shooting, he was allegedly carrying a semiautomatic 9mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle, reports NBC Washington.

Authorities are investigating whether Alexis was working as a defense contractor or a civilian employee of the Navy, and whether he was assigned to the Navy Yard, reports the Post, but authorities believe he got in using someone else's ID card. CBS reports that the ID belonged to one Rollie Chance, who has been on administrative leave since October. Chance says he does not know Alexis. Meanwhile, police are still searching for a second possible suspect in the shooting, described as a black man between 40 and 50, wearing an olive uniform and armed with a "long gun," reports NBC Washington.

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Rickrodriguez111
Sep 17, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
What difference does it make that the guy had a permit to carry? Or if he used an AR-15? He murdered twelve people on a shooting spree. Does that constitute a decent law-abiding citizen that was worried about LAWS? The Washington Post only mentions what he had to stir the pot. The media likes unrest. They live off of it. The fact was and always will be that people who commit mass murder are pretty screwed up in the head. But now I'm sure we'll see in the news that we should control the way these guns are sold, etc., etc.... TOO LATE, they're already in people's hands- and people with criminal intent don't guns legally anyway.
KDickley
Sep 16, 2013 11:53 PM CDT
Another violent pretty POS negro that could be President Obobo's son. If everybody was packing, there would be far less homicides of innocents. Everyone would be more polite, less waving with the middle finger, and everyone could protect themselves and others from a nut intent on killing them.
winterfairy
Sep 16, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
blah blah blah assault weapon blah blah mass killing blah blah gun control would have saved blah blah blah blah lots of clicks for newser.