Timeline: The life of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis

September 17, 2013
The life of Aaron Alexis

A look at Alexis’s life from birth to 2012. For a detailed account of the past three months, see A1:

May 9, 1979: Born in New York City.

Sept. 11, 2001: Family said Alexis had anger problems tied to post-traumatic stress brought on by the attack on the World Trade Center.

May 6, 2004: Arrested in Seattle after he fired three shots from a Glock pistol into the tires of a Honda Accord that two construction workers had parked in a driveway adjacent to Alexis’s house.

May 2007: Begins serving as full-time Navy reservist. During his 31 / 2 years, he received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal, awards of minor distinction.

2008: Based in Fort Worth, Alexis spent the bulk of his service time assigned to the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 46 at Naval Air Station Fort Worth, records show.

Aug. 10, 2008: Jailed for two nights in DeKalb County, Ga., after he is removed from a nightclub by authorities for damaging furnishings. He shouts profanities at officers while outside.

December 2009: He achieves his highest rank as an aviation electrician’s mate third class.

Sept. 4, 2010: In Fort Worth, police were called to his apartment after Alexis’s downstairs neighbor complained that he had fired a bullet through his floor and her ceiling. The woman told officers she had called several times about Alexis being too loud. Alexis was arrested for improperly discharging a firearm, but the county district attorney’s office said there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the case. He then moves into a house (pictured at right) shared with friend Nutpisit Suthamtewakul.

Jan. 31, 2011: Honorably discharged from Navy.

July 2012: Enrolls as online student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while contiuing to work for a defense contractor. Alexis was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle.

Sept. 2012: Begins contract work in Japan.

— From staff and wire reports

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