Seeking the Why Behind the Naval Yard Shootings

Lone sailor statue at the Navy Memorial, Washington DC. Photo credit: navy.mil

Lone sailor statue at the Navy Memorial, Washington DC. Photo credit: navy.mil

Authorities last night ruled out concern that there was more than one gunman in the Naval Yard shootings that ended in 13 deaths including the alleged shooter Aaron Alexis, 34, a former Navy Reservist.

Now the job of investigators is to backtrack on the contacts and whereabouts of Alexis over the past weeks and to find a motive.

As NPR reports on Morning Edition, the victims ranged in age from 46 to 73:

The names, ages and a few biographical details are starting to emerge about the victims. Late Monday, police identified seven of those who were killed.

  • Michael Arnold, 59
  • Sylvia Frasier, 53
  • Kathy Gaarde, 62
  • John Roger Johnson, 73
  • Frank Kohler, 50
  • Vishnu Pandit, 61
  • Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46

William Venable told Hansi Lo Wang that he was a friend and former co-worker of Johnson’s. Every day, Venable said, Johnson would greet him with an enthusiastic “How ‘ya doin’ Buddy?!”

This morning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will lay a wreath at the U.S. Navy Memorial to honor the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. The wreath-laying will take place at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington D.C.

 

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3 Responses

  1. dont know if we will futher discover the ‘why’. we do need to be proactive and look at the past and plan for the future securing our military facilities and personnel. within the last 8 years, fort dix, fort hood, and dc naval yard security breaches.
    condolences to the families of this terror attack.

  2. Reblogged this on veterans news 3.0 and commented:
    condolences to the families, friends, and co workers.

  3. May their memory be eternal!

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