(KXAN) - Aaron Alexis, the man identified as the gunman responsible for a dozen deaths Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, had been arrested on a weapons charge in his one-time hometown of Fort Worth, according to accounts.
Media outlets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area said Alexis, a former non-commissioned officer in the navy who was killed several hours after he had started shooting, was charged with illegally discharging a firearm in 2010 by Fort Worth police.
According to summary of the incident posted on NBC5's website, police were called to an apartment complex when a woman reported that a bullet had been fired from a unit beneath hers. The bullet has missed the woman by only a few feet, the report said.
The narrative said Alexis, who lived in the unit below, had called police on his neighbor several times complaining about noise. The neighbor told police "that she is terrified of Aaron and feels that the (firing of the shot) was done intentionally."
After police gained entry to his apartment, Alexis told them the gun had fired accidently while he was cleaning it.
The Navy said Alexis enlisted on May 5, 2007 and had served in Fort Worth and in Illinois. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Alexis left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, with the rank of petty officer third class.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Alexis had been stationed at Naval Air Station Fort Worth. He also had worked as a waiter at a local restaurant, the newspaper said.
A former roommate told the Star-Telegram he was stunned by Monday's events.
“I don’t think he’d do this" the roommate said in the Star-Telegram report. "He has a gun, but I don’t think he’s that stupid. He didn’t seem aggressive to me.”
He is to be a holder of a concealed handgun permit, the Associated Press said.
A now-deactivated LinkedIn account for a Aaron Alexis of Dallas-Fort Worth, showed that he was in the Navy at the Fort Worth facility and had attended Network Tech at SinglePoint. Education. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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