Aaron Alexis, the Navy veteran suspected of carrying yesterday’s shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard, entered Building 197 with a valid identification pass while carrying a shotgun he purchased legally at a gun shop in Virginia, the FBI said in the latest update from law enforcement on the massacre that left 13 people dead, including the assailant.
Update 6 PM: Alexis purchased a shotgun from Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Virginia, according to a statement Tuesday afternoon from a lawyer representing the gun shop. Alexis bought a Remington 870 and two boxes of ammunition—24 shells—after renting a rifle to use at the store firing range, said the store’s lawyer, J. Michael Slocum. Slocum says the shop followed all the proper procedures in selling the shotgun.
“In accordance with federal law, Mr. Alexis’ name and other applicable information, including his state of residency, was provided to the federal NICS system and he was approved by that system,” Slocum said. “After the terrible and tragic events at the Navy Yard, the Sharpshooters was visited by federal law enforcement authorities, who reviewed the Range’s records, including video and other materials. So far, as is known Mr. Alexis visited the Range only once, and he has had no other contact with the Range, so far as is known.”