Washington Navy Yard Shooting Kills 12, Injures 14

Washington Navy Yard Shooting Kills 12, Injures 14

President Barack Obama had planned to address the nation on Monday with a scheduled speech marking the 5th anniversary of the financial crisis. Instead, Obama delivered a solemn message of hope and resilience in the immediate wake of the deadly military shooting that killed 12 and injured 14 at Washington Navy Yard. Obama paid tribute to the service men and women victimized by the "cowardly act" who "know the dangers of serving abroad" but "faced the unimaginable violence that [they] wouldn't have expected at home."

Law enforcement officials stated that suspect Aaron Alexis entered the naval base legally – using a valid ID – armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic Glock handgun, and another rifle, where he opened fire before police ultimately shot him.

The FBI first identified Alexis by matching his fingerprints and ID with Navy records, revealing his former enlistment as a petty officer working on electrical systems. U.S. defense officials then released information revealing that Alexis was later discharged from the Navy due to a "pattern of misconduct."

Authorities are now asking members of the public for assistance in further investigating Alexis. FBI Washington Field Office assistant director, Valeria Parlave, specifically requested information indicative of Alexis' "recent movements...contacts and associates." While there was initial speculation that two accomplices assisted Alexis in the shooting, authorities confirmed Monday evening that Alexis was the lone gunman responsible for the act.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters that, while terrorism "has not been ruled out", authorities "don't have any reason at this stage to suspect" that terrorist ideals served as Alexis' motive for the massacre.

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