WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A Navy Yard employee said it wouldn’t be hard to sneak guns into the base, if you have the appropriate identification.
According to CBS News, an employee explained that security doesn’t check for them and that you can easily drive right in without being checked out.
The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by one of the military’s own: a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle with police.
The shooting was the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.
Law enforcement officials say gunman Aaron Alexis carried three weapons at the Navy Yard: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun he took from an officer at the scene.
Investigators said they had not established a motive for the shooting rampage, which unfolded in the heart of the nation’s capital, less than four miles from the White House.
As for whether it may have been a terrorist attack, Mayor Vincent Gray said: “We don’t have any reason to think that at this stage.” But he said the possibility had not been ruled out.
President Barack Obama lamented yet another mass shooting in the U.S. that he said took the lives of American patriots.
The Navy said Alexis was a full-time reservist from 2007 to early 2011, and left as a petty officer third class. It was not immediately clear why he left.
He had been working for a fleet logistics support squadron in Fort Worth, Texas. The Navy listed his home of record as New York City.
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