September 18, 2013

Navy Yard shooter left cryptic messages on shotgun

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A Navy contractor who shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard left a cryptic message on a shotgun he used in the massacre. That's according to a law enforcement document reviewed by The Associated Press.

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This undated photo provided by Kristi Suthamtewakul shows Aaron Alexis. Officials say Alexis, an information technology employee with a defense contractor, used a valid pass to get into the Washington Navy Yard building where he opened fire Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, killing 12 people. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Kristi Suthamtewakul)

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The document says the messages were — quote — "better off this way" and — quote — "my ELF weapon." The document also described the Remington shotgun as "sawed off"

Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, went on the shooting rampage Monday morning, killing 12 people at the Navy base before being killed by authorities responding to the scene.

Alexis had been seeking treatment from the Veterans Administration for severe mental health problems. He bought the shotgun legally at a Virginia gun shop on Saturday.

 

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