Gunman's doctor before rampage: 'No problem there'

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The gunman who killed 12 people last year at the Washington Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period.

An Associated Press review of his medical files finds that just weeks before the shootings a doctor treating Aaron Alexis for insomnia noted that the patient worked for the Defense Department but wrote, quote: "no problem there."

The AP obtained more than 100 pages of treatment and disability claims evaluation records for Alexis spanning more than two years. They show him complaining of minor physical ailments, slight hearing loss and later insomnia, but resolutely denying having any suicidal or homicidal thoughts just three weeks before the shootings.

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