Police have released the name of the victims killed on Monday when a former Navy reservist opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard.
12 people were killed in the attack:
Sylvia Frasier, 53, Kathleen Gaarde, 62, John Roger Johnson, 73, Frank Kohler, 50, Kenneth Proctor, 46, Vishnu Pandit, 61, Michael Arnold, 59, Arthur Daniels, 51, Mary Francis Knight, 51, Gerald L. Read, 58, Martin Bodrog, 54, and Richard Michael Ridgell, 52
Eight others were injured in the attack, and all were civilians. The attack is considered to be the deadliest on a U.S. military installation since the 2009 Fort Hood massacre.
The shooter, 34-year old defense contractor Aaron Alexis, who used a valid pass to get into the Navy installation Monday morning before opening fire with an R-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun. During the course of the attack, the gunman was able to access the fourth floor overlooking the cafeteria and took aim at the employees eating below.
Alexis was killed in the ensuing shootout with police.
The shooter’s motive has yet to be established, however that hasn’t stopped the press from speculating about the shooter. From a “recent obsession with violent video games” to mental illness, everyone is clamoring to figure out the reason why Alexis attacked the installation.
Alexis was a full-time reservist in the U.S. Navy between May 2007 and January 2011. He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and was honorably discharged after multiple disciplinary infractions.
Alexis had been previously arrested by Seattle police in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man’s vehicle in what he later described to detectives as an anger-fueled “blackout.” The paperwork for his arrest was lost, so charges were never formally brought against Alexis. Had he been processed correctly, the gunman may not have had access to the weapons he used to murder 12 people.
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