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How Navy Yard shooter was driven by delusions

Information released by the FBI on Wednesday indicates the man who killed a dozen people last week in a Navy Yard shooting in Washington was deluded. Aaron Alexis, shown in recently released video footage, believed extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves were controlling him, according to the FBI.

The FBI releases surveillance footage of Aaron Alexis, the shooter who gunned down 12 people before being killed in a gun battle with police at the Navy Yard last week.
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The FBI released surveillance video and photos of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis on Wednesday and said he believed electromagnetic waves had been controlling him for months before the rampage that killed 12 people.

There are no signs that Alexis, 34, was targeting anybody in the Sept. 16 shooting at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, said Valerie Parlave, the FBI assistant director in charge of the Washington field office.

"We have found relevant communications on his electronic media, which referenced the delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves for the past three months," Parlave told a news conference.

Surveillance video released by the FBI showed Alexis driving a rented blue Toyota Prius into a Navy Yard parking garage shortly before 8 a.m. Carrying a backpack, he then entered the Naval Sea Systems Command building, site of the shootings, through a door.

The brief video also shows Alexis, armed with a Remington shotgun and wearing dark clothing, descending a stairway and walking along corridors in a crouch position, weapon held at the ready.

People can be glimpsed at the end of one corridor. Alexis peeks around corners and, at one point, aims the shotgun into a room but does not fire.

Parlave said Alexis, a government technology contractor, had in his possession the shotgun, which had a sawed-off barrel and stock, and a pistol he obtained during the shooting.

'My ELF weapon'

Scratched into the shotgun were the phrases, "End to the torment," "Not what y'all say," "Better off this way" and "My ELF weapon," photos released by the FBI showed. "ELF" is believed to stand for "extremely low frequency."

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