WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday in our nation’s capital, the victims of Monday’s deadly shooting rampage at Washington Navy Yard were honored. The names of all the victims have been officially released. All of those killed were civilians, between 46 and 73-years-old.
Additional victims are recovering in the hospital. They are said to be recovering well.
As for the suspect, police say 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, from Fort Worth, acted alone.
“With no other suspects at large, the investigation has moved into evidence and information gathering,” said Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge, at the FBI field office in Washington.
Friends describe Alexis as friendly. He was a Buddhist, who apparently had had run-ins with the law before. Court records show Alexis was arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting a vehicle in what he told police was a black-out fueled by anger. According to the incident report, Alexis’ father told police his son had ‘anger management problems’ which were exacerbated by the stress of having witnessed and helped people on 9/11.
“He had an anger towards the terrorists who did that, and took innocent people,” said friend Kristi Suthamtewakul.
Records do confirm that Alexis was living in New York in 2001.
Authorities also say Alexis had a host of mental issues, and had reported hearing voices in his head. At this point, there’s no word on what may have motivated Monday’s attack. It’s possible that he recently lost his job as a civilian contractor. But, he still had access to the naval facility.