Forgive me if I withhold my judgement about his Buddhist ties or non-Muslim affiliation - the fact of the matter is that this man shot up a bunch of people at a Navy shipyard in Washington, D.C. - and he lived in Fort Worth, Texas.
I ask you...why would this guy travel to D.C. to do this? I mean, if he was a Muslim, it would be a terrific prize of jihad to hold up if you killed American naval personnel right in the nation's capital, right? What possible motive would there be even for a disgruntled member of the Navy to travel halfway across the country to do this dirty despicable deed? How many Buddhist terror attacks have you seen in the past 20 years?
I reserve judgement today. I want to know for a fact that this pig didn't yell "Allahu Ackbar" when he pulled that trigger. I want to know that he wasn't at a mosque in DC prior to this shooting.
The story comes from The Washington Post.
Aaron Alexis, 34, is dead gunman in Navy Yard shooting, authorities say
The dead gunman in Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy veteran and native of New York City, an FBI official said Monday afternoon.
Police say it is still unclear if Alexis acted alone, or how he accessed the tightly guarded Navy Yard. Authorities also are still searching for another possible suspect: a black man in his 40s with gray sideburns, wearing an olive-drab military-style uniform.
Alexis died at the scene of Monday’s shooting, in which at least 12 other people died. D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said no motive is known.
FBI Assistant Director Valerie Parlave asked the public to call 1-800-CALL-FBI with any information about him: “No piece of information is too small. We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements.”
By Monday afternoon, a portrait of Alexis had begun to emerge. He left the Navy in 2011, and lived—at least until recently--in Fort Worth, Texas.
In Fort Worth, Alexis had become a familiar, if unusual, figure at a Buddhist temple.
At the Wat Busayadhammavanaram Meditation Center there, Alexis came to meditate twice a week. But he still seemed so tightly wound that at least one worker there sought to avoid him.
“He would help people if they came in carrying heavy things,” said J. Sirun, an assistant to the monks at the center. “From the outside, he was a quiet person. But on the inside, I think he was very aggressive. He did not like to be close with anybody, like a soldier who has been at war.”
Alexis spoke Thai, the language of many other temple worshippers, and also worked as a waiter at a Thai restaurant. One acquaintance said Alexis had recently traveled to Thailand for a month.
“He understood about 75 percent of the language,” Sirun said.
“I didn’t think he could be this violent,” Sirun said. “I would not have been surprised to hear he had committed suicide. But I didn’t think he could commit murder.”
Somsak Srisan, who also frequented the temple, learned that Alexis needed a place to stay. He offered to rent him a two-bedroom white bungalow behind the temple. Srisan said Alexis lived there for a year and didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, and never missed a payment on his $600 a month rent.
Srisan said Alexis had moved out of the house at least several months ago, although he wasn’t sure if he had left the Fort Worth area. Srisan said he doesn’t know why Alexis left his job at the base. They spoke about it only once, and it was a brief conversation, he said.
“I asked him, ‘Why you quit the job with the government?” Srisan said, speaking broken English. “He said somebody doesn’t like me.”
Srisan said he didn’t ask Alexis any more questions because, “I don’t want to go too deep with him.”
Military personnel records show that Alexis spent nearly four years in the Navy as a full-time reservist from May 2007 until he was discharged in January 2011, according to a summary of his personnel records released by Navy officials at the Pentagon.
Those Navy officials said they were still researching whether Alexis had been employed more recently as a defense contractor or a civilian employee of the Navy, and were uncertain if he was assigned to work at the Navy Yard.