September 25th, 2013
03:01 PM ET

FBI: Navy Yard shooter 'delusional'

Aaron Alexis, the man who went on the deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, was under the "delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by electro-magnetic waves," the FBI's Valerie Parlave said Wednesday.

Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, said Alexis acted alone and there was no evidence he was targeting particular people.

Alexis, who was 34, went on the rampage September 16, killing 12 people and wounded several others. Chilling video released Wednesday shows Alexis running through hallways with a sawed-off shotgun. He also gained access to and used a Beretta pistol during the shooting.

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  1. Hamsta

    Well it definitely wasn't the gun's fault as liberal democrats would have you believe. It definitely wasn't some bully's fault as these delusional doctors would say. It definitely wasn't the TV's fault as Al Gore would say. It definitely wasn't Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne as the church would say. Have they blamed the doctor yet? That might be a step in the right direction!

    September 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Yes, I had read that he was under the delusion that his microwave was sending him messages. This sounds like a classic paranoid-schizophrenic symptom.such a tragic case.

    September 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I don't find mass shootings and mental illness amusing.

    September 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. j.schmidt

    Another terrible tragedy in our great country. At some point our government is going to have to take responsibility for the excessive surveillance used on Americans every day. More people are subject to electromagnetic or radar surveillance than they realize. Another device, Cerebral Imager or C.I. pronounced 'sigh' is extremely overused by detectives, is psychological warfare and highly disturbing. Considering the number of random attacks with the gunmen pleading, "get these machines out of my head!" I wish someone would wake up, take these devices away from these diks and give America back to the people. Stop vigilante justice and excessive surveillance. Reinstate the so called Bill of Rights

    September 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    i remember feeling like that when the microwave ovens first came on the market...and the creepy muffins lacking brown crust...talk about dah heebie-geebies!

    September 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Mind control exists.

    September 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |