Navy Yard killer identified?

posted at 4:01 pm on September 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m going to trust Pete Williams on this, partly because he was the most reliable reporter during the Boston bombings and partly because other outlets like Fox News are confident enough that they’re reporting the same name.

SWAT officers swarmed the building, the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and a shooter there was killed, sources told NBC News. Law enforcement officials identified the gunman to NBC News as Aaron Alexis, 34, originally of Fort Worth, Texas. They said he recently began working as a civilian contractor.

Chief Cathy Lanier said at mid-afternoon that as many as two other suspects could be at large, both seen with firearms and wearing military-style uniforms. Minutes later, police said on Twitter that one of the two had been identified and was not a suspect or person of interest…

Terrie Durham, who works at the Naval Sea Systems Command building, said she saw a gunman who appeared to be wearing dark fatigues.

Cops think Alexis used the ID of someone who used to work at the Navy Yard to gain access. How he got that ID is unclear. Maybe that’s where the Rollie Chance reports came from. We’ll see. Per NBC Washington, though, cops increasingly believe that Alexis was the only shooter because the paths taken through the building by the two other suspected gunmen didn’t leave carnage in their wake. One of the other possible shooters was ID’d as a white man in a tan outfit, but he’s now been eliminated as a suspect. I assume he was probably just an MP with his gun out whom someone saw from a distance and couldn’t tell if he was friend or foe.

Another interesting detail from NBC Washington, which is sadly relevant to the new national conversation on guns we’ll soon be having at the Democrats’ and the media’s urging:

Video also shows the gunman entered with a shotgun, News4′s Jackie Bensen reported. He shot the security guard and continued through the building, but according to what witnesses are telling investigators, by the time the shootings ended, the gunman was seen with a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle.

Authorities are investigating whether the gunman took the security guard’s service weapon – likely a 9 mm pistol – and hid in wait for the first responding D.C. police officers, who would be specially armed with AR-15s, then opened fire and shot one of the D.C. police officers in the legs. It’s unclear if the other officers assisting the wounded officer also were able to retrieve his AR-15.

The death toll right now is 11, plus Alexis. People have been e-mailing us a link to a Texas website with a mugshot of a guy named Aaron Alexis from 2010, but after knocking CBS and NBC for identifying the wrong man earlier, I’ll hold off on posting that for now. Look for an update here in case it’s confirmed. As of 4 p.m. ET, there still appears to be no firm clues about his motive.

Update: That was fast. Via Mediaite, NBC Washington says the Aaron Alexis arrested in 2010 — but ultimately not charged — for discharging a weapon is the same guy who went berserk at the Navy Yard.

Update: The FBI is seeking information about Alexis.


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Feeling rather Freaky-Deaky after seeing Fort Worth’s Thai Restaurant “Happy Bowl” on the news: the guy was my waiter at least twice.

Marcus on September 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Whoa…

workingclass artist on September 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

It had to be him. He waited tables, the Thai owner ran the cash register and I assume Mrs. Thai cooked in the back. The owner barely spoke English. Not every day you go to a Thai place and have a black waiter. It’s a real dive, just like the best Thai places are. Mom-n-Pop. Like I said, freaky deaky. And it is located a stones throw from Carswell AF base.

Marcus on September 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

COMMENTS typed in BOLD give me HEADACHES

RushBaby on September 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Feeling rather Freaky-Deaky after seeing Fort Worth’s Thai Restaurant “Happy Bowl” on the news: the guy was my waiter at least twice.

Marcus on September 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Whoa…

workingclass artist on September 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

…yea…I’d freak a little too!

KOOLAID2 on September 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

RushBaby on September 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

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W H A T ?

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Drudge has a link:

LAST WEEK: Al Qaeda calls for small-scale attacks inside United States…

It’s probably nothing.

JellyToast on September 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

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This isn’t the evidence you’re looking for . . . . . . (Jedi hand wave) . . . . . it’s just another isolated incident . . . . . (another Jedi hand wave)

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM

RushBaby on September 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Then don’t type comments in bold.

claudius on September 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

No report of any wife or girlfriend, an intelligent young man, he probably lived in his own head without any real attachment to others. In fact from the incidents in 2004 and again in 2010, he found others a source of rage.

claudius on September 17, 2013 at 12:57 AM

COMMENTS typed in BOLD give me HEADACHES

RushBaby on September 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM


Have you tried TYLENOL? I HEAR it WORKS GREAT.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Do we know anything about the victims yet? Have they captured the second shooter?

dogsoldier on September 17, 2013 at 5:42 AM

Since this person was 1. on Meds and 2. Black, this story will fade from the Media with astounding speed.

Wallythedog on September 17, 2013 at 6:55 AM

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