Probe suggests Navy Yard shooting could have been averted

03/18/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – A Pentagon review suggests the shooting inside the Washington Navy Yard could have been prevented had mental health concerns about the shooter been handled differently. As reported by Reuters, measures to improve Pentagon security were ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday after the findings.

Hagel is quoted as telling reporters, “The reviews identified troubling gaps in DoD’s (Defense Department’s) ability to detect, prevent and respond to instances where someone working for us, a government employee, member of our military, or a contractor, decides to inflict harm on this institution and its people.”

The gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34, is stated to have reported hearing voices and dealing with insomnia prior to the incident on September 16.

The Navy review findings indicate that concerns held by Alexis’ employer were not reported.

The report is quoted as stating, “This information was not reported to the government as required… Had this information been reported, properly adjudicated and acted upon, Alexis’ authorization to access secure facilities and information would have been revoked.”

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