(CNN) — While no specific reason has been given as to what spurred him to shoot dead 12 people at Washington’s Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis’ overall mindset came into sharper focus Tuesday — including a history of psychological issues.
That past includes a Newport, Rhode Island, incident on August 7, more than five weeks before Alexis was gunned down after single-handedly pulling off America’s latest mass shooting.
Describing himself as a Navy contractor, Alexis told police he believed an individual he’d gotten into a verbal spat with had sent three “people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body,” according to a police report. Alexis said he hadn’t seen any of these people, but insisted they’d followed him between three hotels in the area — the last being a Marriott, where police investigating a harassment complaint encountered him.
There, Alexis told…
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