FLUSHING, Queens (PIX11) — Aaron Alexis–who was fatally shot by Washington, D.C. police officers, after gunning down 12 people Monday in the Navy Yard, once had an NYPD permit to buy and sell shotguns and rifles.
Alexis, 34, was born in Queens and attended Hillcrest High School in Jamaica. During that time, he lived on 77th Road in Flushing, near the corner of 147th Street.
The NYPD told PIX11 News that Alexis applied for a gun permit in October 2000. The permit, allowing him to buy and sell shotguns and rifles, was granted.
The permit was canceled in 2003, when Alexis failed to renew it.
By 2004, Alexis got into trouble in Seattle, for shooting up tires on a car.
He told police there that he had blacked-out and was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, claiming that he had worked as a 9/11 responder in New York.
Alexis became a Naval Reservist in 2007 and left the service in 2011. By that time, he had already gotten into trouble again. A Texas neighbor told police there he had fired a gunshot through her ceiling in 2010. But no charges were ever filed.
Alexis’ mother was living in Brooklyn and was also questioned by the FBI.