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September 16, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Details about the deceased suspect in today’s massacre at the US Navy Yard in Washington, DC,34-year-old Aaron Alexis, are starting to emerge. He has been described as being from Texas, and was stationed in Fort Worth when he was with the US Navy from 2007 to 2011, as an aircraft electrician. He left the Navy but remained in the inactive reserves, reportedly, because he did not like the Navy’s demand that he get out of bed early for work. He continued to live in the area. According to this video and this story in the Dallas Morning News, he worked at the Happy Bowl Thai restaurant in Fort Worth.

Alexis grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

He has been described as a Buddhist and deeply interested in Thailand’s language and culture, and recently traveled to Thailand. But note this curious detail in the DMN story.

Back in Fort Worth on Monday, Kevin McDaniel, 52, said the news made him “literally physically ill.”

“He was such a nice guy,” he said.

McDaniel, who owns a furniture store next to Happy Bowl, said the last time he saw Alexis was the day before he moved to Washington. Alexis tried to get him to buy his furniture, he said.

“He seemed like he was real happy and excited about what was going on,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel said the shooting left him even more puzzled because he had conversations with Alexis about Islamic extremism and the Fort Hood shooting. He thought they both agreed it was a horrible tragedy, he said.

“It could have all been a ruse — I don’t know,” he said.

Alexis has a history of anger issues across several years. In 2004, he was arrested in Seattle, WA after an “anger-fueled” shooting.

Because Seattle police have received numerous inquiries about the incident, we are posting the details, detective logs, and the original report for the May 6, 2004 case.

At about 8 am that morning, two construction workers had parked their 1986 Honda Accord in the driveway of their worksite, next to a home where Alexis was staying in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

The victims reported seeing a man, later identified by police as Alexis, walk out of the home next to their worksite, pull a gun from his waistband and fire three shots into the two rear tires of their Honda before he walked slowly back to his home north of the construction site.

Officers responded to the scene but were unable to locate Alexis, and no one answered the door at his home.

When detectives interviewed workers and a manager at the construction site, they told police Alexis had “stared” at construction workers at the job site every day over the last month prior to the shooting. The owner of the construction business told police he believed Alexis was angry over the parking situation around the work site.

Note: Anger may have fueled the shooting, but he was patient. He may have planned the Seattle shooting over the course of a month.

Detective notes from the incident indicate they made several attempts to contact Alexis by phone and at his work, but eventually found and arrested him outside of his home on June 3rd.

Police then obtained permission to search the home, found a gun and ammunition in Alexis’ room, and booked him into the King County Jail for malicious mischief.

Following his arrest, Alexis told detectives he perceived he had been “mocked” by construction workers the morning of the incident and said they had “disrespected him.” Alexis also claimed he had an anger-fueled “blackout,” and could not remember firing his gun at the victims’ vehicle until an hour after the incident.

Alexis also told police he was present during “the tragic events of September 11, 2001″ and described “how those events had disturbed him.”

Detectives later spoke with Alexis’ father, who lived in New York at the time, who told police Alexis had anger management problems associated with PTSD, and that Alexis had been an active participant in rescue attempts on September 11th, 2001.

Back in Fort Worth in 2010, Alexis had another gun-related run-in that was apparently anger-fueled. Back to the DMN:

[O]ne of Alexis’ former neighbors once told police that Alexis scared her.

Fort Worth police arrested Alexis in 2010 after he shot through the floor of his upstairs neighbors’ apartment. Alexis told police that he was cleaning his gun while cooking and that it accidentally went off. The neighbor told police she believed the 2010 shooting was intentional.

According to a police report, Alexis complained often that the neighbor made too much noise and confronted her in the parking lot several days before the shooting. When police first went to Alexis’ apartment, he didn’t answer their knocks. After parademics arrived, he came to the door and told police the shooting was an accident.

Police arrested Alexis, but the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office decided not to prosecute.

“After reviewing the facts presented by he police department, it was determined that the elements constituting recklessness under Texas law were not present and a case was not filed,” district attorney spokeswoman Melody McDonald said in a prepared statement.

More recently, Alexis was living in or near Washington, DC, working as a contractor at the US Navy Yard according to USA Today.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told CNN that Alexis was serving as an information technology contractor at the time of the shooting.

In that story, USAT says that other Navy officials who declined to be identified that Alexis had a history of misconduct during his four years with the service.

More: The Chicago Tribune reports that Alexis was discharged from the Navy after “multiple disciplinary infractions.” That could indicate a less than honorable discharge.

More: The police report from Alexis’ shooting incident in Seattle is here.

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thumbnail image courtesy shutterstock / Lipskiy

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Why is the press reporting that this scum bag was from Texas? He was born, and raised in New York and had lived in Seattle, currently living in the D.C. area., not Texas. So now can I claim that all those soldiers, and their families, stationed at bases in Texas, like Fort Hood, are all Texans? Our population just increased and we just got more electoral votes than California. Yipee!!!

Oh, wait, they can't call him what he is; so they have to find some pejorative to label him with and "Texan" will do with our disgusting press.

And now the scum suffered from PTSD due to volunteering on 9-11? Really? That's the reasoning his father wants to take? Why doesn't he just say what all the parents say, like "He was such a good boy. Never cause a minutes worth of problems. All he wanted was to be a pilot when he grew up."

He's dead and with any luck at all, Nidal Hassan will join him in Hell soon.
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Damn! Sucks that he ain't white and a native Texan!
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"Anger issues?",/i>

Sons of Obama "issues".
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Whether it's due to sloppy record keeping, [Seattle's prosecutor lost the paperwork ?] racial conflict avoidance syndrome, or just plain rank stupidity, this dual personality fell/plummeted through the cracks and at some point had to have suspected/known he was being treated "special".
The Rhode Island P D Report shows him approaching his crisis mode, and yet no one could [even] hold this guy for a 72 hour observation?
Face it, he knew he could effect surprise and get a jump on security. Future living was not an option for him & he was done caring.
If he was legally I D' d as a D C resident, how did he buy a gun in Va.?
Are cross border sales allowed ? Shut down/eliminate that sucker, right freaking now.
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Hello? I'm guessing that @Uncle Kevvie just ain't fer-miliar with the gun laws in the great Commonwealth of Virginia. Are you sure you're a conservative? The NRA isn't going to take kindly with that kind of talk. Virginia gun shows are the suppliers for the entire East Coast, at least the Mid-Atlantic region. Go figure another way to prevent this kind of thing.
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This guy shot thru his neighbor ceiling barely missing her and shot the tires of another guys car and basically got a slap on the wrist each time.
And you guys can't see why?
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Why? Muslim? Black rage? What's your idea?
45 weeks ago
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There but for the grace of George Zimmerman goes Trayvon Martin.
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Thank G-d he nipped that puppy in the bud.
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Well, they really couldn't not clear him on the basis of disparate impact.
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Yet another very tragic event that points to the fact that here in the US, mental health issues are not dealt with at all well. Add to that an apparent case of the Navy having rather sloppy security & clearance standards with regard to its personnel. I can imagine no rationale whatsoever that should have allowed this man to have a high-security clearance in light of his past. I smell the bad odor of affirmative action playing a role in this case.
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I think it would be interesting to look a little more closely at what happens when a person "seeks help for mental health issues." Are they given a prescription and an appointment to return in a month? Are people routinely given as much support as they really need early in treatment, as the best dosages and medications are determined? Not to mention that the old-fashioned method of a therapist building a relationship with a patient may be preferable to just medication. There is a whole spectrum of possibilities for helping people with mental illness before we get to the option of institutionalizing them. We may be able to make tweaks to the system that would help a great deal.
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So the DA in Texas didn't believe it was "reckless behavior" to shoot through the ceiling of the neighbor's apartment. Okay...
I wonder how much the refusal of authorities to institutionalize psychotic people is leading to all these mass shootings. Jarod Loughner who shot Gabby Giffords was expelled from the local College in Tucson or making violent threats towards other students and faculty but nobody followed up on it and committed him for a psychiatric examination.
This movement to de-institutionalize dangerous crazy people is another chunk of liberal stupidity causing societal harm.
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"This movement to de-institutionalize dangerous crazy people is another chunk of liberal stupidity causing societal harm. "

Yes, and it was brought to you by our favorite peanut farmer.

Legislation passed on his watch, and with his support, let directly to the explosion of homeless people, as marginally functional people were released en masse from institutions, and were not able to keep a job very long. So, the ticking time bomb went off during Reagan's years, and the libs who cause the problem blamed Reagan for it.
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,,for making threats not or
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So, this guy doesn't fit the stereotypical image of a mass shooter.

He wasn't middle age.

He wasn't white.

He wasn't a member of the Tea Party.

He wasn't conservative.

He actually wasn't even a native Texan.

He wasn't a racist against blacks.

He wasn't armed (initially) with the dreaded oxymoronic "semi-automatic assault weapon".

Why, there is nothing he had in common with all of the other mass shooters that have rampaged across the news in the past few decades.

Oh wait....has anyone asked yet what kind of SSRI medications he was on?

Absolutely every one of these mass shooters in the past who just seemed to "snap" had been on such medications prior to committing mass murder.

Unfortunately, we are not going to have a national conversation about these drugs because it's too politically incorrect to do so - far better to target for demonization the average, fairly conservative, caucasian persuasion gun owner.

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He was young.
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I don't remember any middle-aged Tea Party mass shooters recently. The last racist against black killer I remember is Charles Manson. Don't be so defensive, no one hates you, even if you're a white middle-aged Tea Partier from Texas with an AR-15. You have a lot of company.
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Well, beyond the fact that he murdered eleven people, he is (or was) liable for breaking DCs strict gun laws. By the way, I sincerely hope that those participating in the candle light vigils steer clear of the ammunition bunkers.
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Twelve. He killed twelve people; he was number 13.
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Right. We'll give him credit for twelve.
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I have no doubt he was an honor student in school. They're all honor students, donchaknow. Just waiting for one of our journalistic sleuths to report it.
45 weeks ago
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If Obama had a son,

just another one of those negroes

you know - buckwheat,

muslim oh

and Michele needs a vacation, my

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