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FBI releases footage of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis

In the video, the Navy Yard shooter is seen entering the building, loading a gun.


Audra Schroeder

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Posted on Sep 25, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 5:40 am CDT

Today, the FBI released a 30-second clip of now-deceased Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. In the video, taken from security camera footage, Alexis can be seen entering the building, loading his gun, and walking down a hallway.

Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian contractor, opened fire at the Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, killing 12 people. He was able to access the building with a special security clearance, given to contractors visiting military bases for work, despite Alexis’s past disciplinary issues. Weeks before the shooting, Alexis also told police in Rhode Island that he heard voices in his hotel room, but he was never evaluated.

Screengrab via FBI/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 25, 2013, 3:52 pm CDT