Authorities reveal more about the shooting
More details emerged about the timeline of Monday’s mass shooting. D.C. police officers arrived at the scene within two minutes of receiving a call for help. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said two emergency response units arrived outside the building within seven minutes and could hear shots inside. They entered the building immediately, she said, and engaged multiple times with the shooter for a period of more than a half hour.
The 12 employees were shot to death by Alexis inside the building, “while in the lobby, and on the third and fourth floors,” according to a statement from the D.C. police.
Alexis was “determined to kill as many people as possible,” Lanier said, and officers “saved numerous lives by engaging the way they did.”
Valerie Parlave, head of the FBI’s field office, told reporters Tuesday that Alexis entered the building using a valid access card with a shotgun he purchased legally and “may have gained access” to a second handgun inside. Parlave said Alexis did not have an assault rifle and a spokeswoman said Alexis did not use one.
Parlave said the FBI is looking into Alexis’s past, including his medical and criminal history, but declined to answer additional questions about his record.