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By Marlo Jappen
DC Naval gunman Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people Monday, suffered from many of mental problems prior to the shooting.
The 34 year old gunman was discharged from the navy in 2011 after allegations of at least eight incidents of misconduct on duty. He had security access to the base despite mental health issues such as paranoia, sleep disorders, and hearing voices.
The Veterans Administration was treating Alexis since August.
He was reported to be armed with a shotgun and two handguns. One of the guns he used was lawfully purchased in Virginia. The incident lasted more than half an hour. Alexis died after trading shots with responding police officers.
Alexis called the Rhode Island police a month before the rampage. He complained of voices that were harassing him through the walls of his hotel room. Alexis told police that he had gotten in an argument while boarding a flight in Virginia. Alexis thought the person he argued with sent three people to follow him.
He was concerned for his own safety,’’ Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald said Tuesday. The Newport police alerted police at the naval station.
Alexis was most likely able to access to the base with a common access card, or CAC. Workers are not required to pass through a metal detector. Senior military officers believe that he shot his way into the building because it requires a separate pass that he did not have.
Alexis’ motives behind this mass shooting are still under investigation.