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Navy Yard Shooter Used A Shotgun And A Handgun, Reportedly Suffered From Psychological Problems

The FBI says the deceased shooter Aaron Alexis acted alone and officers were able to intervene seven minutes after being alerted.

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"Mr. Alexis entered building 197 with a shotgun, we do not have any information that he had an AR-15 in his possession," said an FBI spokesperson. "We believe he may have gained access to a handgun."

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Law enforcement officials were quoted on Monday as saying that Alexis had an AR-15 along with a shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol.


The FBI would not comment on Alexis' motivation or reports of psychological issues in the past. The investigation into his motivation for the shooting is ongoing across cities where he previously lived, including Fort Worth, Texas, and New York City.

Officers were lauded for their quick response time. They were on the scene two minutes after an initial 911 call and were engaging the shooter after entering building 197 in seven minutes. It took more than 30 minutes for Alexis to be neutralized, the FBI said.

"Those that have fallen are our colleagues and our shipmates," said Michael Monroe, special agent in charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, calling the aftermath of the shooting "a model response" by law enforcement agencies.

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A lone bouquet of flowers is left at the base of a statue at the Navy Memorial in Washington to honor the victims of the attack at the Navy Yard.

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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