Shooter Told Cops Enemies Harassed Him With Microwaves
Also, Aaron Alexis bought a shotgun on Sunday, legally
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by Kristi Suthamtewakul shows Aaron Alexis.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Kristi Suthamtewakul)

(Newser) – The evidence is stacking up that Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis had serious mental health problems. The latest details to emerge show that just last month, Alexis called police to his hotel room in Newport, Rhode Island, to complain that three people were following him and trying to keep him awake "by talking to him and sending vibrations to his body" with a microwave machine, according to a police report picked up by the New York Times. Alexis said he could hear their voices through the ceiling and the floor of his room, and he feared that a man with whom he had argued with at an airport had sent the trio to harass him.

Police then contacted the local naval base, where Alexis had been working as an IT contractor. The Department of Veterans Affairs was aware of Alexis' problems and had treated him, reports the Washington Post, though the exact nature of the treatment wasn't clear. Alexis' mental issues and previous gun trouble didn't affect his ability to buy a weapon, however. He bought a shotgun and ammunition on Sunday from the Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in northern Virginia, reports CNN. The store's attorney says Alexis came up clean on a background check. Alexis also practiced at the store's shooting range.

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BlueAyez
Sep 19, 2013 3:01 PM CDT
They probably thought he was on meth.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Sep 18, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
Actually, attacking someone with microwaves is a plausible threat. You get a big box truck and put high energy equipment in it. All you need is a large magnetron device in the truck and a device to aim and focus the beam. Lets say you park it at a political rally and aim the beam at the stage where the politicians are talking. They could get quite a dose of microwave energy. Now if you want to make it even more heinous, you replace the magnetron with an X-ray tube. You beam x-rays at someone for long periods, the outlook does not look that good. Or, you create a copy of the very first x-ray machine. Made by R.C.A. on an old radio base, you hang a large x-ray tube out in the open and power it up. Doctors and nurses would stand the patient near a wall that had a sheet of film. You flipped the light switch powering the tube and left it on a few seconds, It flooded the room with x-rays like a light bulb. You processed the film and got an image. Needless to say, doctors and nurses died young back then.
Jamesd.
Sep 17, 2013 11:48 PM CDT
The shameful truth is a history of mental health problems doesn't keep a person from buying a gun in our country. In my opinion it is only common sense that a criminal and mental health background check be done on every person for each and every purchase before they are allowed to buy any handgun, shotgun or rifle.