Aaron Alexis, Dead Washington Navy Yard Shooting Suspect, Used to Live in Fort Worth

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Aaron Alexis' 2010 mug shot.
The suspected gunman in the Washington Navy Yard shootings is Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old Fort Worth native who once lived in Forth Worth, NBC News is reporting. He was killed today, although there's no word yet on how. NBC reports that he was able to infiltrate the Navy Yard by using the ID card of a current employee.

The Associated Press confirmed Alexis' identity with police in Washington, DC.

NBC also uncovered Alexis' arrest record in Tarrant County: In 2010, he was put behind bars on suspicion of discharging a firearm.

The woman who called the Fort Worth Police Department on Alexis back then was his upstairs neighbor at the Orion at Oak Hill Apartments, at 2450 Oak Hill Road in Fort Worth. The neighbor told police at the time that she was "terrified" of Alexis. She believed that he had intentionally shot at his ceiling to aim at her, though he told police that his gun had discharged accidentally. He wasn't charged with any crime related to the shooting.

WFAA reports that Alexis was in Fort Worth up until two years ago, when he was stationed at the local Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base. According to an old roommate WFAA interviewed, Alexis left the Navy sometime between two to three years ago. At the time of his death, he had been working as a civilian contractor in Washington DC, media outlets are reporting.

Alexis is suspected of opening fire this morning inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing at least 12 people. But while Alexis is dead, he may not have been the only shooter.

Hours after the rampage began, police said two other shooters may have been involved, the Washington Post reports, though one of the suspects was later cleared by city officials.

Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray said today that no motive is known.

Update, 3:41 p.m: The Tarrant County District Attorney's office has confirmed that Alexis was arrested on Sept. 4, 2010 by Fort Worth police on accusations that he had recklessly discharged a firearm. In a statement released to the media, the DA's office sticks with the story that Alexis told police, that his gun just went off accidentally as he cleaned it. No case was ever filed. "The elements constituting recklessness under Texas law were not present," the DA's office says.

Update, 4:00 p.m: DC Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Mayor Vincent C. Gray now put the number of dead as "at least 13," including Alexis.

Update, 4:35 p.m: The Washington Post got in touch with Alexis' aunt Helen Weeks and reports that he grew up in Brooklyn with his mother and father.

"We haven't seen him for years," Weeks told the Post. "I know he was in the military. He served abroad. I think he was doing some kind of computer work."

The Post also viewed a summary of his personnel records and found that he was a full-time reservist in the Navy from May 2007 until January 2011. He was then discharged.

The FBI says that Alexis was born in Queens.

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lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

The best news about this killer is that - unlike the Fort Hood mass murder - he was killed the other day. What a waste of money, time and the additional pain to victims it would have caused if he was taken alive! It is sad to see more publicity on him than the victims but that makes good newsprint! Like the fools that run onto an athletic field - the networks dont show that - they should eliminate anything about these serial killers. Why dont these guys just off themselves instead of taking out a large # of innocent people when they exit?? Cowards!

cawnlu
cawnlu

As long as the media continues to put the shooter's name, picture, and life story all over the news we will continue to suffer from these mass shootings. They should be treated like terrorists in Isreal; annonymous. That eliminates a major motivation for these idiots to commit these mass murders.

CristoListo
CristoListo

We should abandon the guns culture and focus on the good things. 

dominicide1
dominicide1

Wait. He looks like he is from the 817.

Dezzie Elise La Ballsie
Dezzie Elise La Ballsie

...if you read the page it says he was killed. creeeeeepy. "He was killed today, although there's no word yet on how" REMEMBER PEOPLE, there's always two sides to the story.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I think the end of that story is a key point.

If someone is cleaning a loaded gun they need to be arrested for stupidity. There is no way in hell a rational human is cleaning a loaded gun, the Tarrant DA dropped the ball on this guy.

Frank-Dj Groove-Hernandez
Frank-Dj Groove-Hernandez

I could not care less about where he was born. I just hope this coward ends up rotting in hell.

Diane Treider
Diane Treider

He may have lived in Ft. Worth, but the FBI is putting out that he was born in Queens, NY.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@CristoListo  You can hang at Starbucks and I can personally boycott the chain. I have a concealed carry permit and the Seattle bunch doesn't want my business.

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