At 8:15 am EST today, there was a mass shootout at the US Naval Yard in Washington,DC. After so many news updates, the gist of the story was that at this time, 13 people were shot and killed(including the gunman later identified as 34 y/o Aaron Alexis, an African-American who was a former employee of both the Naval Yard of a few months’ duration(due to a discharge out of misconduct) and in Fort Worth,TX. 12 other people were also shot but wounded.
Aaron Alexis apparently based on his prior history of having minor criminal incidents of shooting as a result of anger management issues when dealing with perceived life stressors. A former Fort Worth resident,fluent in Thai and a practicing Buddhist, his few friends were shocked to hear what he did and have a different perception of him as a person. He also apparently is considered mainly as a loner and has hardly spoken to his family.
For sure in the coming hours, we’ll get to know more about him and what his motives were in terms of orchestrating the shooting. So far, he reportedly was able to enter the facility perhaps with an employee ID and since there’s no metal detectors on site,it may explain why there was a long gun found by authorities amidst the carnage. Security concerns will come up for sure and what changes need to be done to prevent future occurrences.
There’s still unconfirmed reports of a 2nd,unknown gunman at large.
In the coming hours and days, we’ll have a clearer picture on what had happened at the highly secured naval facility.
Some facts are sure: this is the worst gun shooting episode since what had happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,Connecticut and in the military base in Fort Hood,TX.
In spite of ongoing political bickerings on the need for gun use regulation, nothing has been done concretely for the public good so far.
In retrospect, I guess that if one wants to use a gun to send a message or to bring a desired outcome to fruition, one will find a way to do it.
Such a sad state of affairs,indeed!