Aaron Alexis, the man identified as the Washington Navy Yard shooter, was previously arrested in Seattle for shooting at a vehicle due to feeling disrespected by people working on a construction site in 2004. The shooting incident was referred to a municipal court but apparently did not prevent Alexis from legal firearm ownership later on.
At about 8 am that morning, two construction workers had parked their 1986 Honda Accord in the driveway of their worksite, next to a home where Alexis was staying in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
The victims reported seeing a man, later identified by police as Alexis, walk out of the home next to their worksite, pull a gun from his waistband and fire three shots into the two rear tires of their Honda before he walked slowly back to his home north of the construction site.
Alexis had reportedly been staring down the construction workers for days and was apparently upset over parking problems caused by the construction.
Following his arrest, Alexis told detectives he perceived he had been “mocked” by construction workers the morning of the incident and said they had “disrespected him.” Alexis also claimed he had an anger-fueled “blackout,” and could not remember firing his gun at the victims’ vehicle until an hour after the incident.
Alexis also told officers he had PTSD related to work in the aftermath of 9/11.
It would seem the 2004 incident combined with another incident in 2010 would be enough to make sure Mr. Alexis would be denied access to firearms. Whether the guns he used yesterday to kill 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard were purchased legally has yet to be determined.