EXCLUSIVE: Suspected Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, has criminal history in Atlanta

by: Aaron Diamant Updated:

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has exclusively learned suspected Washington, D.C. Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, had a run-in with the law in Atlanta in 2008.

Ch. 2’s Aaron Diamont was first to obtain documents showing Alexis was issued a citation after a disturbance at a nightclub on Chamblee-Tucker Road and Interstate 285. Alexis was cited for disorderly conduct after DeKalb County police said he damaged furnishings inside the club and yelled profanities outside.

Alexis is accused of going on a shooting rampage Monday inside a building at the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard. Investigators said he fired from a balcony onto office workers in the cafeteria below. Thirteen people were killed, including Alexis.

Monday's onslaught at a single building at the highly secure Navy Yard unfolded about 8:20 a.m. in the heart of the nation's capital, less than four miles from the White House and two miles from the Capitol.

It put all of Washington on edge. Mayor Vincent Gray said there was no indication it was a terrorist attack, but he added that the possibility had not been ruled out.

"This is a horrific tragedy," he said.

For much of the day, authorities said they were looking for a possible second attacker who may have been disguised in an olive-drab military-style uniform. But by late Monday night, they said they were convinced the shooting was the work of a lone gunman, and the lockdown around the area was eased.

"We do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life inside the base today," Washington police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

It was the deadliest shooting rampage at a U.S.-based military installation since Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others in 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas. He was convicted last month and sentenced to death.