The suspect in Monday’s U.S. Navy Yard massacre was arrested in Seattle in 2004 after shooting out the tires of a car during an “anger-fueled blackout,” according to Seattle police.
Aaron Alexis, his father told Seattle police at the time, allegedly suffered from anger-management problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder. His father told Seattle police that Alexis had assisted in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.
In the 2004 incident, Alexis brandished a gun from his waistband and allegedly shot out the two back tires of a 1986 Honda Accord that was parked in a driveway next to a home in which he was staying, Seattle police said in a blog post.
The car belonged to two construction workers at a work site next door. According to police, Alexis had been angrily staring at workers for weeks apparently upset about parking problems related to the work.
On the morning of May 6, 2004, Alexis emerged from the home and shot the tires of the car. He remained at large until the next month, when he was arrested for malicious mischief. Authorities found a rifle and ammunition inside the home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Alexis told police that construction workers had disrespected him, fueling a rage that was so blinding that he could not remember details of the shooting until an hour later, according to Seattle police.
“Alexis also told police he was present during ‘the tragic events of September 11, 2001’ and described ‘how those events had disturbed him,’” according to the Seattle police blog post.