There isn’t much information as to why Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013, nor is it clear if anyone assisted him with the shooting; but more details are filtering in regarding Alexis.
You may read a Seattle police report after Aaron Alexis was arrested for an incident involving gun violence that took place in May 2004 here.
According to information from the Seattle Police Department (S.P.D.), Alexis was arrested in June 2004, after he fired three shots into the rear tires of a construction worker’s vehicle that was parked near the residence where he stayed. S.P.D. stated that Alexis described himself as committing the crime during an “anger-fueled, blackout.”
A construction manager told authorities that Alexis had “stared” at the workers every day for a month, then on May 6, 2004, at 8 a.m., Alexis walked over to their parked vehicles, pulled a gun from his waistband and blew out the rear tires on a 1986 Honda Accord, parked in a driveway adjacent to the construction site. The construction site was located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. After the shooting, witnesses say they watched as Alexis slowly walked back to his residence. Authorities did not catch up with Alexis until June 3, 2004, at which time he was placed under arrest for malicious mischief.
Upon searching Alexis’ residence, authorities found guns and ammunition. Investigators who spoke with Alexis’ father report that he “told police Alexis had anger management problems associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that Alexis had been an active participant in rescue attempts on September 11th, 2001.”
The S.P.D. reports, “Following his arrest, Alexis told detectives he perceived he had been “mocked” by construction workers the morning of the incident and said they had “disrespected him.” Alexis also claimed he had an anger-fueled “blackout,” and could not remember firing his gun at the victims’ vehicle until an hour after the incident."
Alexis also told police he was present during “the tragic events of September 11, 2001″ and described “how those events had disturbed him.”
Other reports coming to light suggest that Alexis was dishonorably discharged from the Navy.
More updates to follow.