19 March 2014

Report: Navy Yard killings could have been prevented | RallyPoint.com

Navy Yard killings could have been prevented

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David Larter
Staff writer
Copyright Navy Times

A Navy investigation into a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard last year concluded that coworkers and supervisors...

The report concluded that The Experts, the contracting company that hired Alexis for a job at the Navy Yard, knew Alexis had been struggling with paranoia and had initiated an internal investigation into his increasingly unbalanced behavior just weeks before his Sept. 16 shooting rampage in then-Building 197, the headquarters of Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Navy concluded the shooting could have been prevented if The Experts had followed the rules for reporting signs of mental instability in contractors who hold security clearances, as Alexis did.

“Had this information been reported, properly adjudicated, and acted upon, Alexis’ authorization to access secure facilities and information would have been revoked,” said the report, signed Nov. 8 by Adm. John Richardson, who was selected to lead the Navy’s investigation into the shooting rampage that killed 12 and wounded four more before Alexis was killed by law enforcement officers.

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