WASHINGTON – Aaron Alexis,the man behind Monday’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard,acted alone and with a lawfully purchased shotgun,Valerie Parlave,assistant director of the FBI’s Washington field office,confirmed Tuesday.
The investigation has moved into an evidence recovery and information gathering phase,Parlave said at a press conference held with representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department,the U.S. attorney,the Naval Criminal Investigative Service,U.S. Park Police,D.C. Fire and EMS and the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives.
“Our evidence response team remains at the Navy Yard and continues to process the scenes,” Parlave said. “This is a methodical and time-intensive process that includes bullet trajectory analysis and crime scene mapping,and with the assistance of evidence response personnel from our Baltimore and Richmond field offices,we will remain there for as long as necessary to carefully process each shooting site.”
Parlave said Alexis had legitimate access to the Navy Yard. He was a contractor with a valid pass,she said. He arrived in the D.C. area about Aug. 25 and stayed at local hotels. Beginning Sept. 7 he stayed at a Residence Inn in Southwest D.C.
She said the shooter’s motivation is under investigation.
“We also have personnel from our behavioral analysis unit assisting in the investigation as we try to determine the motivation behind the shootings,” Parlave said
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said officers arrived at the gates two minutes after the call was dispatched. After seven minutes,officers entered the building and engaged the shooter.
Lanier said this was a multi-agency effort,including the D.C. police,U.S. Park Police,NCIS and other federal partners,who went in as a single team.
“As proud as I was yesterday of the working relationship,the teamwork and the heroism of the police officers and first responders,I’m even more so today,” Lanier said. “I have seen things that we have trained for and planned for for years come into place nearly flawlessly.”
“Yesterday,which was such a dark moment in our city,in our country’s history was also a time of tremendous dedication courage and heroism,” Machen said. “I’m very proud to stand here today with our law-enforcement partners,who put aside any thoughts of their own safety as they rushed to the scene to try to save the lives of others.”
Scott Williams,the D.C. police officer who was injured Monday at the shooting,is expected to make a full recovery.
“He is in good spirits. He is pretty uncomfortable. He has some pretty serious injuries,” Lanier said.
Barry Edwards,63,from Seabrook,N.H.,was staying at an apartment complex two blocks away from the site of the shooting. “They didn’t evacuate us they just told us to stay inside,until early afternoon,” he said.
The owner of an inn was visiting Washington.
Police provided a list of all 12 people who were killed: Michael Arnold,59,of Lorton,Va.; Sylvia Frasier,53,of Waldorf,Md.; Kathy Gaarde,62,of Woodbridge,Va.; John Roger Johnson,73,of Derwood Md.; Frank Kohler,50,of Tall Timbers,Md.; Kenneth Bernard Proctor,46,of Waldorf,Md.; Vishnu Schalchendia Pandit,61,of North Potomac,Md.; Arthur Daniels,51,of D.C.; Mary Francis Knight,51,of Reston,Va.; Gerald L. Read,58,of Alexandria,Va.; Marin Bodrog,54,of Annandale,Va.,and Richard Michael Ridgell,52,of Westminster,Md.
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