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Officials say DC shooter was a ‘ticking time bomb’

Law enforcement officials say that Aaron Alexis - the gunman at the US Navy Yard in Washington D.C. - was a 'ticking time bomb' and warning signs may have been missed.
Law enforcement officials say that Aaron Alexis - the gunman at the US Navy Yard in Washington D.C. - was a 'ticking time bomb' and warning signs may have been missed.

Alexis called Rhode Island Police on Aug. 7 saying he was trying to escape voices he was hearing and that they were sending vibrations to his body through a microwave machine.

Friends of Alexis say he didn’t show signs of mental illness.

“He was very intellectual. His mind was sound. He could hold conversation with the best of us. He was not hearing voices and if he did, he hid it very well," said Melinda Downs.

Questions are still being raised about the security clearance Alexis had and the Pentagon says it will order a review of the security and access at all defense department facilities worldwide.

On Tuesday, a gun shop in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area says the gunman in the killing of 12 people at the US Navy Yard bought a shotgun and ammunition the day before the shooting spree.

The Washington Post reports that the lawyer for SharpShooters Small Arms Range and gun shop said that Aaron Alexis purchased a Remington 870 shotgun and about two boxes of shells on Sunday, one day before the shooting took place.

According to CNN, attorney, J. Michael Slocum, said Alexis had a valid driver's license, and the gun shop "did the full required background check, the same that's done when someone buys a weapon of any sort."

Slocum indicated that the gun shop ran a background check and nothing appeared to stop the sale to Alexis.

The Washington Post also reports that prior to buying the shotgun - Alexis rented a rifle, purchased ammunition, and fired in the SharpShooters shooting range.

Slocum said the Sunday visit was the only visit Alexis made to SharpShooters according to The Washington Post.

Earlier on Tuesday, Police released the full list of the people who were killed by a gunman during the incident on Monday.

Police identified the man they believe killed 12 people and injured others as Alexis, who was killed by police.

After initially saying they feared two other suspects were at large during their investigation, police later said they believed Alexis, who has a history of violence and legal problems, acted alone.

The 12 people killed were:
• Arthur Daniels, 51
•Mary Francis Knight, 51
•Gerald Read, 58
•Martin Bodrog, 54
•Richard Michael Ridgell, 52
•Michael Arnold, 59
•Sylvia Frasier, 53
•Kathy Gaarde, 62
•John Roger Johnson, 73
•Frank Kohler, 50
•Vishnu Pandit, 61
•Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
Officials have indicated different numbers of people injured during the shootings.

CNN reports that municipal officials say eight people were injured during the rampage.

The FBI is still trying to determine a motivation behind the shootings. They are asking for any information people may have about Alexis, a 34-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, resident who was born in Queens.
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