EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGunman In Navy Yard Shootings Had History Of Mental Issues
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 17, 2013 8:53 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
Washington, D.C. , West Virginia
U.S. law enforcement officials are telling The Associated Press that the Navy contractor identified as the gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said.
Aaron Alexis, 34, had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation in the case was continuing. The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance that Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.
Family members told investigators that Alexis was being treated for his mental issues.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate is returning to normal operations Tuesday following a shutdown due to the Navy Yard shootings.
Terrence Gainer, the Senate sergeant at arms, had restricted people from leaving or entering Senate buildings for part of the day Monday as authorities were searching for other potential shooters. Late Monday, however, authorities said they believed the gunman operated alone. Thirteen people, including the gunman, died in the shooting at the Navy Yard, about a mile south of the Capitol.
Gainer said that while operations are returning to normal, the U.S. Capitol Police will maintain a high level of security at the Capitol complex.
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