Although the Navy did not declare him mentally unfit, U.S. law enforcement officials are now saying that Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis suffered from serious mental issues.
These issues ranged from paranoia and a sleep disorder, to ‘hearing voices’ in his head. Family members said he was being treated for mental ailments.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials are telling The Associated Press that the Navy contractor identified as the gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said.
Aaron Alexis, 34, had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation in the case was continuing. The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance that Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.