Killer had two sides to character
The two conflicting personalities of Aaron Alexis emerged yesterday as friends described a loner who seemed placid and helpful on the surface, but was angry at perceived injustices.
Alexis (34) believed he had been financially "screwed" by an employer, racially discriminated against in life, and claimed to be haunted by witnessing the second of the twin towers fall on September 11, 2001.
He carried his gun at all times because he was convinced people were trying to steal from him. The only place he didn't take his weapon, because it was forbidden, was the Wat Busayadhammavanaram meditation centre in Fort Worth, Texas, where he meditated and chanted regularly amid orange-robed monks for the last five years.
He was born in 1979 in New York City but as an adult headed west to Seattle. In May 2004 he was arrested there for allegedly shooting the back tyres of a construction vehicle outside his home.
He was not charged and three years later was able to become a full time reservist in the US Navy.
Four months later the Navy gave him an honourable discharge after a string of misconduct problems including being absent from work. Those who knew him said he was missing work because he was busy playing "shooter" video games. (© Daily Telegraph, London)