- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In the coming days and weeks, the FBI will interview friends and family of Navy Yard assailant Aaron Alexis to determine a motive behind Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and to make sure the killer had no plans for more attacks in the future.

It’s important to determine if Alexis was working with anyone leading up to the shooting or if anyone provided him weapons “to make sure this is the sole incident and there’s no other incident coming up,” Shawn Henry, a former executive assistant director of the FBI said on “CNN Newsroom” on Tuesday.

While many friends have described Alexis as a happy, friendly person, Mr. Henry said that there are often warning signs people may not notice.

“These things don’t often happen in a vacuum,” Mr. Henry said. “There are flags that come up. Oftentimes, what you see of somebody is not what they really are.”


When emotions are high and adrenaline is pumping, witnesses may not always recall what they saw exactly, which could explain some conflicting information being reported, like what type of gun was used. Mr. Henry said there is “no doubt” facts of the situation will change again as the investigation continues.