Employer of Apparent Navy Yard Shooter Says, “This Guy Must Have Snapped”


The alleged Navy Yard gunman held a secret security clearance through his employer, The Experts, which rehired him in July to work on a project at the Navy facility, CEO Thomas Hoshko told the Wall Street Journal. “I don't know if it was his first day on the job or what but we are trying to figure it out,” Hoshko said of Aaron Alexis, 34, whose alleged rampage left 12 dead and a similar number injured. “We were just as shocked as anyone.” Hoshko said Alexis had held a government-approved secret security clearance since 2007 and had his own military contractor identification card. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Alexis gained access to the Navy Yard with a valid pass obtained as part of his contractor work.

“I'm as perplexed as anyone: how can this guy have a clearance if he had a history or problems? Hoshko said. “This guy must have snapped.” (Various media reported a firearms incident at a Fort Worth, Tx., apartment, after which a neighbor told police that she was “terrified” of Alexis, and a 2004 arrest in Seattle after he shot out two tires of a car parked near his home. A Navy Yard employee faulted security, telling McClatchy Newspapers, “They don't check inside the car. You can drive in with a ham sandwich, a banana and a pistol in your lunch bag, and they don't check. It's pretty bad.”

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