Aaron Alexis, 34, is the alleged lone shooter in the Washington navy yard shooting which happened just after 8am on Monday as many of the 3,000 employees were arriving for work on the base. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/washington-naval-yard-shooting-suspect-arrested-guns
However, The Washington Post, citing police sources, reported that three shooters, including one in military fatigues, were involved.
The attackers reportedly walked into the building and opened fire just after 8am local time.
At least one of the shooters was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun while there are reports that another of the attackers used a double-barrel shotgun.
Another witness, Todd Brundidge, said he came face to face with one of the shooters while trying to flee the building.
“He came around the corner, he aimed his gun at us and he fired at least two or three shots… and we ran down the stairs to get out of the building and after we left the building there were still shots in the building,” he said.
Terrie Durham said she also saw the gunman. “He aimed high and missed,” she said.
Police also initially reported that two other men dressed in “military-style” uniform had been involved, and launched a huge manhunt. They issued descriptions of two suspects, one said to have been a white man wearing a navy-style khaki uniform and carrying a pistol, the second described as black and wearing a drab olive military uniform and carrying a rifle.
A former acquaintance, Oui Suthametewakul, said Alexis lived with him and his wife from August 2012 to May 2013 in Fort Worth, but that they had to part ways because he was not paying his bills. Alexis was a “nice guy”, Suthametewakul said
Suthametewakul said Alexis had converted to Buddhism and prayed at a local Buddhist temple. Ty Thairintr, who attended Wat Budsaya, a temple in Fort Worth, said: “We are all shocked. We are nonviolent. Aaron was a very good practitioner of Buddhism. He could chant better than even some of the Thai congregants.”
Thairintr said that Alexis told him and others at the temple that he had taken a job as a contractor and he indicated to them he was going to go to Virginia. He last saw Alexis five weeks ago. “He was a very devoted Buddhist. There was no tell-tale sign of this behaviour,” Thairintr said.
Hewlett-Packard said Alexis was employed as a subcontractor for The Experts, a professional services company based in Alexandria, Virginia. It said in a statement: “Aaron Alexis was an employee of a company called The Experts, a subcontractor to an HP Enterprise Services contract to refresh equipment used on the navy marine corps intranet (NMCI) network.
On its website, The Experts describes itself as providing “innovative and mission-critical IT, engineering and litigation professional services for federal, state and local governments and departments”.
It said in a statement: “The Experts would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathies regarding the incident that occurred at the DC naval yards. We are actively co-operating with the FBI and other authorities in relation to the investigation on the suspect.”
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Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old suspect in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, had “secret” clearance and was assigned to start working there as a civilian contractor with a military-issued ID card, his firm’s chief executive told Reuters.
“He did have a secret clearance. And he did have a CAC (common access card),” said Thomas Hoshko, CEO of The Experts Inc, which was helping service the Navy Marine Corps Intranet as a subcontractor for HP Enterprise Services, part of Hewlett-Packard Co.
Alexis, of Forth Worth, Texas, is suspected of opening fire at the Naval Sea Systems Command building in the Washington Navy Yard in a shooting that left 13 people dead, including the shooter.
Asked when Alexis was supposed to start work, Hoshko said in a telephone interview: “That’s what I got to find out, if he was supposed to start today … It’s not clear to me.”
Hoshko said he was unaware of any issues with misconduct involving Alexis or any possible grievance that could have led to the shooting.
Alexis had previously worked for The Experts in Japan from September 2012 to January 2013, he said.
“We had just recently re-hired him. Another background investigation was re-run and cleared through the defense security service in July 2013,” Hoshko said.
Hoshko said he believed that Alexis’ “secret” security clearance dated back to 2007.