Aaron Alexis

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No Sign of Shooting at Navy Yard

A call was made, but law enforcement found nothing

(Newser) - Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown today because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago. DC police said in a statement that someone called from inside a Navy... More »

Firm That Vetted Snowden Gets New $190M Contract

US Investigations Services has been accused of massive fraud

(Newser) - You might think that giving a green light to Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis and allegedly fraudulently submitting 660,000 other background checks without actually completing them would prevent you from getting future government contracts. But you'd be wrong, because the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $190... More »

Firm That Vetted Snowden Accused of Fraud

US Investigations Services allegedly faked more than 660K background checks

(Newser) - If giving a thumbs up to Edward Snowden and US Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis didn't get US Investigations Services kicked off the federal government's Christmas card list, it's definitely off now. The Justice Department yesterday accused the contractor, which handles roughly 45% of federal background checks,... More »

Navy Shooter's Note Blames Radio Wave 'Torment'

Aaron Alexis said 'ultra low frequency attack' drove him to shooting spree

(Newser) - In addition to releasing surveillance video of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis creeping through hallways during his attack, the FBI revealed that Alexis left a note of sorts. “An ultra low frequency attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last three months, and to be perfectly... More »

FBI Releases 'Chilling' Video of Navy Gunman

It shows an armed Aaron Alexis moving through a building

(Newser) - The FBI today released surveillance video from the Navy Yard shooting that CNN and others aptly describe as "chilling." It shows no violence, but it has shooter Aaron Alexis arriving for work and later moving through hallways with a sawed-off shotgun. Read a detailed breakdown of his movements... More »

Navy Yard Gunman Lied During Security Check

Navy didn't know 2004 arrest involved a gun

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times sheds more light on how Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis was able to get secret-level security clearance from the Navy, despite the fact that he had been arrested in 2004 for an incident involving a gun. Alexis did not mention the incident on the security questionnaire... More »

NRA: Navy Yard Lacked 'Good Guys With Guns'

Meanwhile, Manchin says he won't renew push for gun control

(Newser) - The NRA's Wayne LaPierre is taking on renewed debate over gun control in wake of the Navy Yard shooting, telling NBC today that the "outrage" of "the elite media and the politicians trying to stir this toward firearms ... ought to be placed on an unprotected naval base.... More »

It's About Mental Illness, Not Gun Laws

Aaron Alexis didn't get the care he needed: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - Don't blame the Navy Yard shooting on gun laws, blame it on the fact that Aaron Alexis didn't get the treatment for his mental illness that he so desperately needed, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . Only a month prior, Alexis complained to the police about hearing... More »

Navy Gunman 'Had a Problem' With His Company

Alexis started shooting on floor where he worked

(Newser) - The investigation following Monday's Navy Yard shooting is looking into a possible motive: trouble at work. Aaron Alexis "was not doing a very good job, and somebody told him that there was a problem," a law enforcement official tells the Washington Post . Alexis began shooting on the... More »

Navy Gunman, Snowden Checked Out by Same Firm

USIS has been under federal scrutiny

(Newser) - Both Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis faced background checks in recent years—and both checks were conducted by the same company. USIS ran a background check on Alexis in 2007 for the Office of Personnel Management, the year he joined the Navy; the company said it wasn'... More »

Navy Gunman Flipped Out at Us at Airport: Family

More details emerge about Aaron Alexis' mental issues

(Newser) - When Aaron Alexis called Rhode Island police to complain that three people were " sending vibrations into his body ," he said he suspected his tormentors had been dispatched by someone he argued with at an airport. Now, a family tells Fox News that they were the ones Alexis quarreled... More »

Navy Shooter Carved Messages Onto Gun

'My ELF weapon,' was one

(Newser) - Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis carved cryptic messages onto his shotgun before Monday's shooting spree, investigators tell the Washington Post . One said, "Better off this way," and another, "My ELF weapon." The Post observes that ELF generally refers to “extremely low frequency" and notes... More »

For Navy Victim's Family, Tragedy Struck Twice

Widow of Arthur Daniels buried their son 4 years ago after a DC shooting

(Newser) - The Washington Post zeroes in on one of the Navy Yard shooting victims, and the fact that the death of Arthur Daniels is the second such tragedy for his family in just a few years. The 51-year-old Daniels was working at the facility that day as a handyman, and he... More »

How Aaron Alexis Slipped By

Company that hired him says it's 'sad' he passed background check

(Newser) - How did a guy who heard voices, felt microwaves , and had multiple gun arrests get security clearance? That's a question lawmakers, and Aaron Alexis' former employer, are asking today. "We would not have hired him" if we'd known, the CEO of The Experts tells the Washington Post... More »

In Shooting's Wake, US Puts Security Under Microscope

Plus: Aaron Alexis was barred from buying assault rifle

(Newser) - As concerns grow over contractors' access to military bases, Washington is ordering at least three reviews of security practices. The White House is calling for a new look at "standards for contractors and employees across federal agencies," according to press secretary Jay Carney. Meanwhile, defense secretary Chuck Hagel... More »

Shooter Told Cops Enemies Harassed Him With Microwaves

Also, Aaron Alexis bought a shotgun on Sunday, legally

(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... More »

Video Games Not to Blame for Navy Yard Shootings

Let's focus on the gun shooter always carried: Alexander Abad-Santos

(Newser) - Not surprisingly, quite a few media outlets were quick to trot out the familiar old "mass shooter played violent video games" articles in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings in Washington. But the idea that video games are to blame for real-life violence is a "toxic notion,... More »

Navy Yard Gunman Had Been 'Hearing Voices'

And he had a 'pattern of misbehavior' in the military

(Newser) - Aaron Alexis, who is now believed to have been the only shooter behind yesterday's Navy Yard massacre , suffered from serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, and had been hearing voices in his head, sources tell the AP . Alexis also suffered from PTSD, his father told investigators,... More »

8 Victims Named in Navy Yard Shooting

'Single worst loss of life' in DC in decades

(Newser) - A picture of alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, who was apparently a military contractor, has begun to emerge ; now, we're learning about the 12 other people killed in the shooting, which the Washington Post calls "the single worst loss of life in the District" since a 1982... More »

Cost-Cutting Navy Yard Was Poorly Protected: Report

Aaron Alexis worked for Navy subcontractor

(Newser) - The Navy Yard attacked yesterday hadn't adequately guarded itself when it came to contractor access, an upcoming report finds. Seeking "to reduce access-control costs," the Navy "did not effectively mitigate access-control risks associated with contractor-installation access," says the report, begun in August 2012 by the... More »

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