WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Aaron Alexis, the man identified by police as the gunman who opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C, Monday, killing at least 12 people, had been arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man’s vehicle in what Alexis later described as an anger-fueled “blackout,” according to Seattle police.
The Navy said in a release Monday that 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, of Texas, was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011. According to military records, Alexis received the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
He had left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, as a petty officer 3rd class. It's not immediately clear why he left.
Alexis had been working for the fleet logistics support squadron No. 46, in Fort Worth, Texas, and was ranked an Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class. The Navy says his home of record was New York City.
According to Seattle police, on May 6, 2004, two construction workers had parked their Honda Accord in the driveway of their worksite, located next to a home where Alexis was staying at in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Police later determined the home as belonging to Alexis' grandmother.
The workers told police they saw a man, later identified as Alexis, walk out of the house, pull out a gun from his waistband and fired three shots into the rear tires of their Honda before he walked slowly back to the house. Officers responding to the call were unable to locate Alexis.
Workers at the construction site later told detectives that Alexis had "stared" at workers at the job site every day for a month prior to the shooting. The owner of the construction business said he thought Alexis was angry over the parking problems created by all the construction.
Officers eventually arrested Alexis outside his home on June 3. Alexis told detectives he thought he had been "mocked" by the construction workers and that they had "disrespected him." He also claimed he had an angered-fueled "blackout" and could not remember firing his gun at the victims' car until an hour after the incident.
He also told police he had been present during "the tragic events of September 11, 2001" and described "how those events had disturbed him." He was then booked for Malicious Mischief.
Detectives later spoke to Alexis' father, who lived in New York City. He told police Alexis had been an active participant in rescue attempts during the September 11 attacks and had anger management problems associated with Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Seattle Police Department released the original incident report of the 2004 incident.
The FBI released a photo of Alexis and were asking the public for more information about the suspect. If you have any information about Alexis or the incident, please contact the FBI's Washington, DC Field Office at 202-278-2000 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.
More to follow.