I HEAR VOICES: Navy yard gunman was on MEDS for serious mental illness, ‘hearing voices’

Published on September 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials are telling The Associated Press Tuesday that the Navy contractor identified as the gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said.

Aaron Alexis, 34, had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation in the case was continuing. The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance that Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.

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