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Law Enforcement Shares Findings of the Investigation Into the Washington Navy Yard Shootings

Law Enforcement Shares Findings of the Investigation Into the Washington Navy Yard Shootings

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Published by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
WASHINGTON—Today, law enforcement officials shared findings to date of the investigation into the shootings that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16, 2013...
WASHINGTON—Today, law enforcement officials shared findings to date of the investigation into the shootings that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16, 2013...

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Law Enforcement Shares Findings of the Investigationinto the Washington Navy Yard Shootings
FBI Washington
September 25, 2013
1Public Information Office
(202)278-3519 WASHINGTON—Today, law enforcement officials shared findings to date of theinvestigation into the shootings that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday,September 16, 2013.The developments were announced by Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan PoliceDepartment; Michael Monroe, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service; Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney for theDistrict of Columbia; Carl Vasilko, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington FieldDivision of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and TeresaChambers, Chief of the U.S. Park Police.Through information and evidence gathered in interviews, searches, and otherinvestigative activity, investigators and analysts have gained a greater understanding of the recent movements and activities of deceased shooter Aaron Alexis, 34. Alexis was employed as a contractor for a private information technology firm. Pursuantto his employment, Alexis was assigned to a project at the Washington Navy Yard and hearrived in the Washington, D.C., area on August 25, 2013. From August 25 to August 31,2013, Alexis stayed at a hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. From August 31 to September 7,2013, Alexis stayed at a hotel in the Pentagon City area of Arlington, Virginia. OnSeptember 7, Alexis moved to the Residence Inn in Southwest Washington, D.C., wherehe remained through September 16, 2013. Alexis began working at the WashingtonNavy Yard on September 9, 2013.On Saturday, September 14, 2013, Alexis purchased a Remington 870 shotgun andammunition at a gun shop in Northern Virginia. On the same day, Alexis also purchaseda hacksaw, among other items, at a home improvement store in Northern Virginia.On the morning of Monday, September 16, 2013, Alexis arrived at the Washington Navy  Yard. Alexis had legitimate access to the Navy Yard as a result of his work as acontractor and he utilized a valid pass to gain entry to Building #197. Shortly after hisarrival in the building and over the course of approximately one hour, Alexis used theRemington 870 shotgun and a Beretta handgun he obtained during the course of hisshooting to kill 12 victims and wound four surviving victims before he was shot andkilled by law enforcement officers. Investigation to date has determined that Alexisacted alone.The following timeline details Alexis’ activity during the morning of September 16, 2013:
7:53 a.m. - Alexis’ rental car, a blue Toyota Prius with New York plates, enteredParking Garage #28 at the Washington Navy Yard, located directly across fromBuilding #197.
8:08 a.m. - Alexis exited Parking Garage #28 on foot carrying a backpack. Alexisentered Building #197 and proceeded to the elevator.
8:09 a.m. - Alexis exited the elevator on the fourth floor and entered the men’s bathroom carrying a backpack and a clipboard.
8:15 a.m. - Alexis crossed the hallway into the 4 West area of Building #197 withshotgun, but without the backpack or a clipboard.
8:16 a.m. - Alexis shot the first victim in the 4 West area of Building #197.
8:17 a.m. - First 911 call is received from the fourth floor of Building #197.
8:20 a.m. - Alexis left the fourth floor using the stairs and entered the third floor.
8:28 a.m. - Alexis appeared on the first floor.
8:57 a.m. - Alexis returned to the third floor.
9:25 a.m. - Law enforcement shoot and kill Alexis on the third floor.Both weapons used by Alexis were recovered at the scene and have been submitted tothe FBI Laboratory for forensic analysis. The Remington 870 shotgun had been altered with a sawed-off barrel and stock. Purple duct tape covered the end of the stock andhandwritten etchings were present on various parts of the shotgun. Etched into the barrel of the shotgun were the words “End to the torment!” Etched into the right side of the shotgun receiver were the words “Not what yall say!” and etched into the left side of the receiver were the phrases “Better off this way!” and “My ELF weapon!” Alexis’ backpack was located in the fourth floor men’s bathroom, hanging on the back of a stall door. Contents of the backpack included a roll of purple duct tape and electronicmedia. Searches were conducted of Alexis’ blue Toyota Prius rental car, located inParking Garage #28, and his hotel room in Southwest Washington, D.C. Additionalelectronic media was located in the hotel room. Analysis of the electronic media recovered from Alexis’ belongings revealed severalrelevant communications. While analysis of these communications is ongoing inconjunction with other information and evidence determined through investigation,preliminary analysis has yielded clues to his intentions and issues of importance to him.There are indicators that Alexis was prepared to die during the attack and that heaccepted death as the inevitable consequence of his actions. There is no indication todate that Alexis was targeting specific individuals.There are multiple indicators that Alexis held a delusional belief that he was beingcontrolled or influenced by extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic waves. Theetching of “My ELF weapon!” on the left side of the receiver of the Remington 870shotgun is believed to reference these electromagnetic waves. In addition, a documentretrieved from his electronic media stated, “Ultra low frequency attack is what I’ve beensubject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me tothis.”ELF technology was a legitimate program for naval sub-tonal submarinecommunications; however, conspiracy theories exist which misinterpret its application

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