UPDATE: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Authorities in Rhode Island say the man who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard called police last month to complain that voices were harassing him through the walls of his hotel room and he worried they might harm him.
Newport police say they were called to a Marriott around 6 a.m. Aug. 7. Aaron Alexis told them he was in town as a naval contractor. Newport is home to a naval station.
According to a police report, Alexis says he got into an argument while boarding his flight in Virginia and the person he argued with sent three people to follow him and keep him awake.
Police Lt. William Fitzgerald says police alerted security at the naval station. A spokesman for the station did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
U.S. officials say the former Navy reservist who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had a string of misconduct problems during his nearly three years in the military, but he received an honorable discharge.
The officials say that Aaron Alexis, 34, had bouts of insubordination, disorderly conduct and was sometimes absent from work without authorization. The offenses occurred mainly when he was serving in Fort Worth, Texas, from 2008-2011, and were enough to prompt Navy officials to grant him an early discharge through a special program for enlisted personnel.
Officials said the bad conduct was enough to make it clear Alexis would not be a good sailor, but not enough to warrant a general or less-than-honorable discharge.
The streets around the Washington Navy Yard, the scene of yesterday's shootings that left a gunman and 12 others dead, have been reopened today.
Access to the Navy Yard is being limited to mission-essential personnel.
In addition to the 12 who died, eight others were wounded. All of them are expected to survive.
Authorities continue to learn more about the gunman -- a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building. He was eventually killed in a gun battle with police.
Law enforcement officials say Aaron Alexis had been suffering from a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. They say he had also been hearing voices in his head. They say he'd been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems. But the Navy hadn't declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance he had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.