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September 25, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The Washington Navy Yard shooter believed he was being subjected to an “ultra low frequency attack” and left an electronic note saying this was “what I've been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this,” the FBI revealed Wednesday. Aaron Alexis, 34, a computer technician for a private Navy contractor, killed 12 people and wounded four others in the Sept. 16 rampage as he fired a sawed-off Remington 870 Express shotgun in which he had etched several statements, including “End to the torment!
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September 25, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The Washington Navy Yard shooter believed he was being targeted by an "ultra low frequency attack" and left a note saying that this was "what I've been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this," the FBI revealed Wednesday. Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old computer technician for a private Navy contractor, killed 12 people and wounded four others in the Sept. 16 rampage as he fired a sawed-off Remington 870 Express shotgun, into which he had etched several statements, including "End to the torment!"
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September 23, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis obtained a secret-level security clearance after a federal personnel report failed to mention that a 2004 arrest involved a firearm, the Navy said Monday. A senior Navy official told reporters the service learned of the incident's violent nature only after Alexis had shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard last week and was himself fatally shot by police. The Office of Personnel Management knew of Alexis' Seattle arrest because of a fingerprint check when he joined the Navy Reserve in 2007 and interviewed him about it, the official said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2013 | By Anh Do
The mother of a carjacker who went on a killing rampage as he sped across the freeways of Orange County this past spring has been acquitted in her own criminal case. Sarwat Syed, 43, was accused of causing an accident that injured a mother and her two young children and then fleeing the scene without offering to help the victims. But jurors on Friday acquitted the woman of felony hit-and-run driving in the 2011 incident, the Orange County Register reported . Syed was facing four years in state prison.
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September 19, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Video taken inside Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard shows Aaron Alexis "calmly" walking down the hallways and stepping into offices, firing indiscriminately at workers and reloading his shotgun with shells from the pockets of his black cargo pants, the FBI chief said Thursday. The video, described by FBI Director James B. Comey, makes clear, he said, that the 34-year-old civilian contractor was not targeting any specific individuals Monday but rather was intent on killing as many people as possible, even shooting a security guard and grabbing his weapon to continue the rampage.
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September 19, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - When Aaron Alexis received an access card to enter the Washington Navy Yard, the Pentagon relied on a 5-year-old background investigation completed before most of his brushes with police and signs of mental illness, a senior Defense Department official said Wednesday. But the 2008 investigation was considered recent enough under federal rules for Alexis to be granted permission to enter the Navy Yard, where he worked, merely by flashing his card to a guard at the gate.
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September 18, 2013 | Richard A. Serrano, David S. Cloud and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Six weeks ago, Aaron Alexis told people someone had threatened him at an airport in Virginia. A few days later, in Rhode Island, he heard voices. He thought people were speaking to him through "the walls, floor and ceiling" of the Navy base there, where he was working. In his hotel room, the voices used "some sort of microwave machine" to send vibrations through the ceiling and into his body, a police report shows him saying. He could not sleep. Alexis frequently moved as part of his contract work at military installations from New England to North Carolina; he arrived in Washington on Aug. 25. He switched hotels several times until Sept.
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September 18, 2013 | By Tina Susman, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Cathleen Alexis, the mother of Aaron Alexis, who shot to death 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard before being killed by police, apologized to the victims' families Wednesday as she spoke out for the first time since the  rampage in the nation's capital: "Our son Aaron Alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others," she said. "His actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the family of the victims. I don't know why he did what he did, and I will never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad.
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September 17, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Amid the intense law enforcement search for the Navy Yard shooting suspect Monday, social media site Reddit halted attempts by amateur sleuths on its site to locate the gunman. Within hours after the first shots were fired, a subreddit called “findnavyyardshooters” had already cropped up - and was subsequently banned - on the website. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin said in a statement to The Times that the site banned the forum because it violated its rules regarding the posting of personal information.
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