|U.S. names Navy base shooting suspect||
U.S. authorities probing the shooting spree at Washington's Navy Yard, which left 13 people dead and eight injured, have said that a lone gunman carried out the killings.
Authorities said military contractor Aaron Alexis, 34, of Texas, launched the attack on Monday inside a building at the U.S. Navy complex, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation.
Investigators said hours earlier they were searching for two suspects and urged Washington residents to stay in
place until the search ended.
However, Washington mayor Vincent Gray said on Tuesday there was no evidence nor indication that there was another shooter, “even though we haven't completely ruled that out”.
Police chief Cathy Lanier stressed that investigators now felt comfortable that they had the sole person responsible for the loss of life inside of the base.
Lanier said that the “shelter-in-place” warning to residents had been lifted as the authorities were satisfied there were no suspects on the loose.
'Another mass shooting'
Alexis was an employee of a company called “The Experts,” a subcontractor for an HP Enterprise Services military contract, Hewlett-Packard said.
HP said the contract was “to refresh equipment used on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) network.”
The FBI said Alexis used a valid pass to get on the Washington base.
President Barack Obama mourned what he called “yet another mass shooting'' in the U.S., as the Senate was locked down, a Major League Baseball game postponed and a White House celebration delayed following Monday's shooting.
“It's a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel,” Obama said.
“They were patriots and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they face the unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home.”
Alexis served as a Navy reservist from 2007 to early 2011. The FBI released a photo of Alexis, who held the rank of an Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class and had served full-time in a logistics support squadron in Forth Worth, according to the Navy.
There is definitely a pattern of misconduct during his service,” said a U.S. military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Police in Seattle said Alexis was arrested there in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man's vehicle in what he described to detectives as an anger-fueled “blackout.''
Alexis reportedly had expressed an interest in Buddhism, friends told local media in Texas, while his four-year stint in the Navy was troubled.
Thousands of employees were initially told to stay inside the complex while multiple SWAT teams searched for the shooters.
(Source: Al Jazeera)
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