At this point we don’t know that much more about Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard Shooter, except that he appeared to lead a somewhat troubled life.
Multiple news agencies identified the dead gunman as Aaron Alexis, 34, a civilian contractor from Fort Worth. NBC initially identified the gunman. Tarrant County court records show Alexis was arrested in September 2010 for allegedly discharging a firearm within a municipality. The records do not indicate that Alexis was ever formally charged in the case.
Later that same month, Tarrant County court records show that The Orion at Oak Hill apartments in Fort Worth began eviction efforts against Alexis.
Investigators in Washington said they had not established a motive for the shooting rampage, which unfolded less than four miles from the White House. As for whether it may have been a terrorist attack, Mayor Vincent Gray said: “We don’t have any reason to think that at this stage.”
Aaron Alexis could concievably be another black convert to Islam, but there’s no evidence of that at the moment. The more familiar pattern is that of an unstable man whose life engaging in actual workplace violence.
Right now this is looking like the Hartford Distributors shooting and Aaron Alexis bears more than a passing resemblance to Omar Thornton.