Psychology/Psychiatry

Navy Yard Shooter Called RI Police, Claiming to Hear Voices

Thought people in hotel room next door were plotting against him

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NEWPORT, R.I.  — The man who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard called police in a Rhode Island city last month to complain that voices were harassing him through a wall at his hotel and that he worried they might harm him.

According to a police report, two Newport police officers were called to a Marriott in town around 6 a.m. Aug. 7. Aaron Alexis told them he was in town as a naval contractor. Newport is the site of Naval Station Newport, the Naval War College and several military contractors.

Alexis, 34, a defense contractor employee, fired inside a building at the Washington naval installation Monday and killed 12, the FBI said. He was killed in a gunbattle with police.