The man law enforcement identify as the now deceased gunman at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. was arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting up a car.
It was May of 2004. According to police reports, Aaron Alexis was living with his grandmother in Seattle. A construction crew was building a house next door. One of the workers told police that Alexis stared at them every morning for a month leading up to the incident. The man tells police that, one day, Alexis came outside of the house. He walked over to one of their cars, an ’86 Honda Accord, legally parked at the site. Then, according to the report, Alexis shot out two tires and then fired a shot into the air. He didn’t exchange a word with the workers before he walked back inside his grandmother’s house. Later, police say, Alexis admitted he did shoot at the car. He told police he didn’t remember pulling the trigger until an hour after the incident. And he described the shooting as a ‘blackout,’ one fueled by anger. Later, according to the report, Alexis’ father told police that his son was involved in rescues during the September 11th terrorist attacks. And, his father said, he believed Alexis suffered from PTSD related to that. A few weeks after the incident, Alexis was booked into jail for Malicious Mischief.
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