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Sep 25, 2013

FBI releases video of “delusional” Navy Yard shooter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI released surveillance video and photos of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis on Wednesday and said he believed electromagnetic waves were controlling him for months before the rampage that killed 12 people.

There are no signs that Alexis, 34, was targeting anybody in the September 16 shooting at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, said Valerie Parlave, the FBI assistant director in charge of the Washington field office.

Sep 24, 2013

Blind dissident says China still harassing family, urges Obama to act

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese political dissident Chen Guangcheng urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday to raise the continued harassment of his family with Chinese authorities.

Chen, who is blind, took refuge in the United States last year. He said authorities were still harassing and detaining family members in China, despite promises made to Washington that they would be left alone.

Sep 19, 2013

Navy Yard shooter seemed to aim at random, FBI chief says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The contract worker who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard this week appeared to have no particular target as he moved through a building and shot and killed 12 people, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

Comey, whose agency is leading the investigation into the shooting, said that in surveillance video the man identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis “appears to be moving without particular direction or purpose.”

Sep 19, 2013

Washington Navy Yard reopens three days after mass shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of workers streamed back into the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday, three days after a former reservist working at the site as a contractor opened fire with a shotgun on a cafeteria full of workers eating breakfast, killing 12 people.

The sprawling, walled complex, which covers about 16 blocks of the U.S. capital, had been closed to all but essential personnel and those involved in the investigation into why 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, who died in a gun battle with police, mounted his attack.

Sep 19, 2013

Mother of Washington gunman apologizes, says ‘my heart is broken’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The mother of Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis apologized to the victims on Wednesday and was unable to explain what drove her son to open fire on civilian workers inside a restricted military installation.

“I don’t know why he did what he did, and I’ll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can never do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad,” Cathleen Alexis said in an audio statement aired on MSNBC from her home in New York.

Sep 18, 2013

Mother of Washington Navy Yard gunman apologizes to victims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The mother of Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis apologized to the victims on Wednesday, and like his friends and colleagues, she too, was unable to offer any clues on his motive for the shooting.

“I don’t know why he did what he did, and I’ll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can never do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad,” Cathleen Alexis said in an audio statement aired on MSNBC from her home in New York. “To the families of the victims, I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken.”

Sep 18, 2013

Motive probed for Washington Navy Yard shooter; had mental problems

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Navy Yard remained closed to all but essential personnel on Wednesday as investigators tried to find out what triggered a shooting rampage by a contractor with a history of mental health problems.

The gunman, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, killed 12 people at the complex a mile and a half from the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House on Monday before police shot him dead.

Sep 18, 2013

Workweek at Navy Yard started with gunshots and fear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sam Agger, 60, was just starting his regular Monday morning meeting with colleagues in a fourth floor conference room at Washington’s Navy Yard when he heard a “big bang.”

A program analyst supporting Navy radar programs, Agger said he realized immediately it was a gunshot. He and five of his colleagues locked the door and piled furniture against it.

Sep 17, 2013

Authorities question vetting of Washington gunman who killed 12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stunned Washington authorities questioned on Tuesday how a U.S. military veteran with a record of brushes with the law could get clearance to enter a Navy base where he killed 12 people before police shot him dead.

The suspect, Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, entered Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning and opened fire, spreading panic at the base just a mile and a half from the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House.

Sep 16, 2013

Several killed, injured at Washington Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several people were killed and others injured when at least one gunman opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Monday, authorities said.

A Washington police spokesman said five people had been shot at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, including a District of Columbia police officer and one other law enforcement officer. The Navy did not elaborate.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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      1990
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      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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