Navy Yard Shooter Is From NYC
Family member says he 'didn't think anyone saw this coming.'
Monday, September 16, 2013
The man who authorities have identified as the shooter in Monday's deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard is from Queens. The FBI says 34-year-old Aaron Alexis was born in Flushing.
Officials say Alexis is among the 13 people who died in the deadly shooting rampage. They say he may have gained entry into the Navy Yard by using someone else's identification card.
Alexis, a civilian contractor, was a former third-class petty officer in the Navy. He died after a running gun battle with police, investigators said.
WNYC's Stephen Nessen talked with Anthony Little, 31, who is married to Alexis' sister Naomi and was with the Alexis family at their Bedford-Stuyvesant home Tuesday morning. Little said that he has never met Alexis before; he didn't come to their wedding.
“From my understanding of the type of person he was I don't really think anybody saw this coming,” Little said. “Everybody's in pain, everybody's still in shock and they just trying to cope and figure out a way to move forward.”
Little said Alexis’ mother wasn’t ready to discuss what happened and that the family is still grieving.
Police tape blocked the street in front of the home and neighbors gathered on their front stoop to discuss the news. Neighbors said they didn’t know Alexis and that his family was quiet and kept to themselves.
The Navy Yard shooting was the deadliest rampage at a U.S.-based military installation since Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others in 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas. He was convicted last month and sentenced to death.
President Barack Obama on Monday lamented yet another mass shooting in the U.S. that he said took the lives of American patriots. He promised to make sure "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible."
Investigators said they had not established a motive for the shooting. It unfolded less than four miles from the White House.
With reports from the Associated Press.
NYPD outside the home of Washington D.C. gunman Aaron Alexis' mother in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.