September 17, 2013 by The ReadyWriter
He supposedly stole an employee ID to gain access to a Washington Navy Yard in Southwest Washington, DC yesterday and killed thirteen (13) innocent individuals who just woke up and went to work like any other normal Monday morning.
The gunman, later identified as Aaron Alexis allegedly suffered from various psychiatric issues, but was not deemed mentally unfit by the military, which could have stripped him of his security clearance.
Alexis (pictured below), who is the lone gunman behind the Washington Navy Yard massacre had been hearing voices in his head before he snapped and fatally shot a dozen people less than two miles from the U.S. Capitol.
He had been treated since August for a slew of psychiatric problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, by Veterans Affairs, the Associated Press reported. But the 34-year-old killer, who was drummed out of the Navy reserves for a “pattern of misbehavior,” was never stripped of his security clearance. That enabled Alexis to get into the fortified facility in southeast Washington with a valid pass and go on a killing spree that ended when he was gunned down by cops.
In addition to his mental health issues, Alexis was described as someone who held a grudge against the Navy, had several encounters with law enforcement and struggled to control fits of rage.
Why Alexis went on a killing spree remained a mystery Tuesday, although officials indicated terrorism was an unlikely cause.