The Navy yard shooter was reportedly being treated for a serious mental illness, which included hearing voices. A motive for this carnage is still a mystery, but a detailed profile of Aaron Alexis is emerging. Alexis is the lone gunman who killed 12 people before he was shot and killed on Monday, according to “Fox and Friends” on Sept. 17.
According to CBS News D.C. today, details on Alexis are emerging, including that he is being treated for “a host of serious mental illness” which includes hearing voices, paranoia and sleep disorder. The man responsible for the deadliest mass shooting on a military base since the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, applied for an early discharge from the Navy and was granted an honorable early discharge despite misconduct.
The 34-year-old shooter worked at the Navy yard until last year, as a civilian contractor. At the time of this rampage Alexis was employed with “The Experts,” a Hewlett-Packard sanctioned company. This company is a Defense Department subcontractor on a Navy-Marine Corps computer project.
Alexis is described as a “Buddhist,” which goes against the grain of some of his past behavior. He was prone to “flares of rage” and he complained about being a victim of discrimination. He also complained about the Navy.
The shooter had more than one run-in with law enforcement, including two past shootings. He shot out some tires in a car and he also discharged a gun in his apartment riddling the ceiling with bullet holes.
Police reports had Alexis “seething with anger” during his past two shooting incidents. The folks at the Buddhist temple where he worshiped were the most shocked at his behavior. They described Alexis as a “gentle man,” according to CBS News today. Alexis sounds extremely complex as he appears to some as a gentle human being, but it is documented that he was one angry man at times.