On Sept. 16, 2013, the F.B.I. sent out a plea for more information regarding one of the gunman who was killed during the deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard shooting. The assistant director of the F.B.I.’s Washington Field Office, Valerie Parlave, stated that the F.B.I. has posted pictures of the deceased Aaron Alexis at the website, hoping that anyone in the public who has information regarding the gunman would willingly speak to authorities.
“No piece of information is too small. We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements,” Parlave stated while requesting the public call in with any information they can think of.
Little is known about Aaron Alexis or why he went on a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard. Also uncertain is if another gunman is still on the loose in Washington D.C. He is said to have been a Brooklyn, New York native and was 34-years-old. He was a Navy veteran, having spent four years on active duty and was in the reserves. According to records, Alexis was discharged (it is unclear whether it was honorable or other) in January 2011. Still unknown is how Alexis had access to the secure facility that is a command center for the U.S. Navy. Washington Navy Yard employs approximately 3,000 workers. It is possible Alexis worked for the facility but details regarding a possible work connection to the base are vague.
Some are taking the deadly attack as an opportunity to talk about gun control, but authorities say it is too soon to know the gunman’s (or gunmen’s) motives in the attack. It is unclear whether the Washington Navy Yard shooting was a terrorist attack, domestic terrorism, or the workings of an unstable, criminal mind. While the White House has not linked the mass murder to gun control issues; this marks the 7th mass shooting since Obama’s presidency.
Those with information regarding Aaron Alexis are asked to contact the F.B.I. at 1-800-CALL-FBI
You may view a photo slideshow of Aaron Alexis and the chaotic scene as first-responders arrived at the Washington Navy Yard location in the slideshow to the left.