- Police in Rhode Island say they warned Navy that suspect in Navy Yard slayings was ‘hearing voices’
Police in Rhode Island say they warned Navy that suspect in Navy Yard slayings was ‘hearing voices’
Posted Sep 17, 2013 5:25 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A suspected shooter slain by police after reportedly killing 12 on Monday at the the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., had been experiencing mental issues, according to news reports.
And a Newport, R.I., police report says the department warned Navy police last month that suspect Aaron Alexis, 34, had said on Aug. 7 that he was "hearing voices" and was experiencing "vibrations to his body" intended to prevent him from sleeping, according to Reuters.
Nonetheless, Alexis, who worked as a government contractor, was able to maintain his security clearance.
Reviews are now under way of standards for approving government contractors and security at U.S. Defense Department installations worldwide.
ABAJournal.com: "At least 13 dead in Navy Yard shootings, US Senate and schools locked down"
Washington Post (sub. req.): "Navy Yard gunman had history of mental illness, checkered military career, officials say"