Aaron Alexis: FBI releases chilling footage & new disturbing details of Navy Yard Shooter
Chilling new footage of Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard Shooter, was released by the FBI on Wednesday, capturing the gunman just moments before he killed 12 people.
The video was just part of the disturbing evidence, which also included photos and an electronic note, that officials unveiled this week, giving the public a glimpse into the delusional mind of Alexis at the time of his horrific crime.
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In the scary footage, Alexis can be seen first driving up to the Yard and entering the security with a backpack. Later, he is seen in a hallway without the bag, holding a Remington 870 and still wearing his badge around his neck. According to photos released of the weapon, Alexis had carved the phrases, "End to the torment!" "Not what yall say!" and "Better off this way!" into the gun.
Authorities also said that there is no evidence Alexis was purposely hunting down any specific co-workers or supervisors during the shooting. So what was his motive? The FBI has now confirmed that the gunman left behind an electric note revealing that he believed he was being controlled by low-frequency radio waves, writing, this is "what I've been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this."
Officials say the 34-year-old, who had a history of mental illness, expected to be killed during the attack. "He accepted death as the inevitable consequence of his actions," Valeria Parlave, an assistant director at the FBI's Washington field office, said.
These new details are beyond troubling, to say the least, and only add to the terrifying picture we already had of Alexis' state of mind right before the shooting. The video in particular made my entire body go cold. It's horrifying to see him plotting just seconds before he took so many lives. But it's also clear that this was a man with many, many serious mental issues who could never get the help he needed.
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