One month before Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis went on his rampage at the Washington Naval complex that left 12 people dead and eight others injured, Glynda Boyd and her family had a frightening encounter with the enraged Alexis at Virginia’s Norfolk International Airport.
Accused of laughing at the soon-to-be Navy Yard shooter, ABC News says on Sept. 19 that the Boyd family, including Glynda’s aunt who is wheelchair bound, was confronted by Alexis, who demanded to know why the family was laughing at him.
Pointing to the aunt, Alexis said, "'Who is that lady? Why she keep looking at me?'" Boyd recounted.
They weren’t, says Glynda, who knew immediately something was off with 34-year-old’s behavior.
"It was a disturbing type of behavior," Boyd said. "I felt fear. A sense of fear because it was off. He looked like he was puzzled, something was wrong. You could tell his behavior, something wasn't right with him mentally."
Alexis approached the family, says Boyd, and after Glynda, her aunt and her brother all denied teasing him, Alexis launched into a tirade of profanities, even using the N-word (Alexis himself is black). He motioned to his side numerous times, as if he was carrying a weapon. Though he wasn’t, the family feels that he was used to drawing his weapon and his hands just automatically went there.
Glynda said she found out that three days after this happened, Alexis had filed a report with police, stating the family “was following him” and “harassing him with a microwave machine,” something that makes no sense to Glynda.
She thought nothing further of it, until she turned on the television earlier this week and saw his face.
"I turned on the television and I saw his face on the news and I just screamed, 'Oh my God, that's him, oh my God,'" Boyd said. "And I just started screaming and I did not go to sleep. Did not sleep, couldn't because it just kept playing back in my mind, my encounter with him and my family."
One month later, he walked into the Navy Yard and opened fire. Alexis was killed by police in a shootout.
“Alexis' past is filled with documented anger issues, outbursts and violence long before he walked into the Navy Yard complex,” reports ABC.
“A federal law enforcement official confirmed to ABC News today that investigators have determined Alexis was at the airport in Norfolk on Aug. 4 and was involved in a verbal altercation with another passenger in the terminal,” ABC confirmed.
“Everyone in the airport was scared, we were all scared,” Boyd said. “We could’ve been those killed people. We could’ve been killed.”