A tragic shooting spree killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. Now we’re learning more about what happened and why.
The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by one of the military’s own: a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle with police.
Aaron Alexis seems a study in contradictions: a former Navy reservist, a recent Defense Department contractor, a convert to Buddhism who was taking an online course in aeronautics. But he also had flashes of temper that led to run-ins with police over shootings in Fort Worth, Texas, and Seattle.
The impact of the violence at the Navy Yard has been felt from Washington to DC.