September 20, 2013

Role of workplace dispute probed in Navy Yard killings

By ASHLEY HALSEY III, CLARENCE WILLIAMS and SARI HORWITZ The Washington Post

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Military personnel and workers look towards an entrance of the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday, when the yard reopened after Monday's mass shooting.

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Comey said it appears from the video that Alexis ran out of shotgun shells. So he began firing the pistol that he had taken from the slain security officer. "And that continued until the first responders arrived," the FBI director said, referring to District of Columbia police and other law enforcement officers.

The officers "cornered him and had a sustained exchange of fire with him. And then he was downed and obviously killed at the scene."

Comey said the investigation is ongoing. "We're trying to make sure we understand in a careful and comprehensive way what happened and then what happened leading up to this," he said.

Earlier employers of Alexis also noticed some issues. "The only thing that I thought was maybe out of the average is he kind of held on to grudges a little more than most people," said Barry Williams, who was Alexis's manager for the two years that he worked as an assistant in the administrative computing office at the Borough of Manhattan (N.Y.) Community College. "Things that would bother him, they might be the same things that might bother other people, but three or four weeks later, even if it was a minor thing he'd still be grumbling about it."

He could not remember any specific examples but said they were all work-related.

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