|Updated: 9/17 5:33 am
||Published: 9/16 9:17 am
We’ve learned more about a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 13 people, including the alleged gunman.
The gunman is identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a Defense Department contractor. Officials say he had a badge that allowed him to get into the base.
Alex carried three weapons, including an assault rifle and a shotgun. Authorities believe he acted alone, but are still looking for a motive.
Police say Alexis went into the Navy Yard and started shooting.
“As he came around the corner,” Todd Brundidge says, “he aimed his gun at us and he fired at least two or three shots.”
The gunfire killed 12 people, ages 46 to 73. They were all civilians and contractors.Alexis, who also died, was a contractor who began at the Navy Yard just last week.
“Mr. Alexis had legitimate access to the Navy Yard as a result of his work as a contractor,” FBI agent Valerie Parlave tells us.
His friends say Alexis had worked for other Navy Offices before over the summer and may have been frustrated about his pay, but they say they never expected this.
“Frustrated with life is one thing,” says Kristi Suthamtewakul who knew Alexis, “but going out and taking other people with you is another thing.”
Alexis was in the Navy’s Ready Reserve, but a U.S. Defense official says he was discharged following a “Pattern of Misconduct.”
Court records show Alexis was arrested in 2004 in Seattle for shooting out the tires of a car in what Alexis told detectives was “an anger-fueled blackout.”
The Washington Post reports he was arrested in Georgia in 2008 for disorderly conduct.
And in 2010, he was arrested for firing a gun through his apartment ceiling. He said he was cleaning the weapon when it went off.
FOX23 will continue to keep you updated with the latest from the investigation.