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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