Man Suspected of Killing 12 People at Washington Navy Yard Bought Shotgun Day Before Shooting

Aaron Alexis' name was put through Virginia and FBI background check systems


Aaron Alexis, the man police say killed 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, went to a gun store and shooting range in suburban Northern Virginia the day before, an attorney for the shop has told NPR.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Joseph Shapiro reported that The Sharpshooters Rangein Lorton, Va., ran Alexis' name through the FBI and state of Virginia background check system. Alexis was approved and he purchased a Remington 870 shotgun and about 24 shells, Joe says.