Washington Navy Yard

Navy yard shooter’s employer hid his mental health problems

Navy yard shooter’s employer hid his mental health problems

The company that employed the Washington Navy Yard shooter pulled his access to classified material for two days in August when mental health problems became evident, but restored it quickly and never told Navy officials about the withdrawal, The Associated Press has learned. An initial Navy review revealed that the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company, The […]

Hundreds of American security clearance records fabricated

Hundreds of American security clearance records fabricated

Federal prosecutors have documented at least 350 instances of faulty background investigations done by private contractors and special agents for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in recent years, illustrating what some lawmakers call systemic weaknesses in the granting of federal security clearances. Reuters calculated the total by reviewing court documents and press releases from […]

Navy Yard shooter lied in application for security clearance

Navy Yard shooter lied in application for security clearance

The Washington Navy Yard shooter lied about a previous arrest and failed to disclose thousands of dollars in debts when he applied for a security clearance in the Navy. Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own — deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis’ use of a gun in that arrest. […]

NRA says answer is to get ‘homicidal maniacs” off streets

NRA says answer is to get ‘homicidal maniacs” off streets

Greater efforts are needed to identify and lock up mentally ill people who are dangerous, a top National Rifle Association official responding to the recent Washington Navy Yard shootings said Sunday. The nation’s mental health system is “in complete breakdown,” resulting in not enough of the mentally ill being committed to psychiatric hospitals, National Rifle […]

At Navy Yard service, Obama rails against gun violence

At Navy Yard service, Obama rails against gun violence

President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea on Sunday for Americans to overcome their “creeping resignation” about gun violence and demand tougher gun laws following the country’s latest mass shooting. “I’m here today to say there’s nothing routine about this tragedy. There’s nothing routine about your loss,” Obama told families at a memorial service for […]

Washington Navy Yard shooter: A disturbing history of erratic behavior

Washington Navy Yard shooter: A disturbing history of erratic behavior

Investigators have been focusing on the erratic behavior of a former Navy reservist who law enforcement officials say was grappling with paranoia and had reported hearing voices and being followed before he gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard this week. The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday that 34-year-old Aaron Alexis visited […]

Police warned military about mental problems of Navy Yard shooter

Police warned military about mental problems of Navy Yard shooter

Rhode Island police warned the U.S. Navy last month that Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had reported “hearing voices,” raising further questions about how he gained security clearance at the complex where he went on a shooting rampage. Officials say Alexis, a Navy contractor and former Navy reservist, opened fire at the Naval Sea […]

Navy Yard killings: A massacre from one of military’s own

Navy Yard killings: A massacre from one of military’s own

The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by one of the military’s own: a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle with police. The […]

Navy Yard victims had long career of service to nation

Navy Yard victims had long career of service to nation

A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. Early Tuesday, the stories of some of those who died started to surface. […]